Saturday, June 13, 2015

JAZZ-O-RAMA: Tiger Rag: The Dixieland Originals





Tiger Rag: The Dixieland Originals




The first recording of "Tiger Rag" (1917) is among the tunes that will fill the air on Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour this week. 


Host Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Tiger Rag: Dixieland Originals", including:



1. Tiger Rag - The Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)
2. Tiger Rag - Friar's Society Orchestra (1922)
3. Tiger Rag - Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra (1931)
4. Feelin' No Pain - Miff Mole and His Little Molers (1927)
5. New Orleans Stomp - Johnny Dodds and his Black Bottom Stompers (1927)
6. I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee - Eddie Condon (1929)
7. Bugle Call Rag - Billy Banks & His Orchestra (1923)
8. The Waffle Man's Call - Johnny Bayersdorffer and his Jazzola Novelty Orchestra (1924)
9. Papa's Got The Jim-Jams - Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra (1927)
10. Piggly Wiggly - Beale Street Washboard Band (1929)
11. Wa-Da-Da (Ev'rybody's Doin' It Now)-  Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang (1928)
12. Ostrich Walk - The Original Dixieland Jass Band (1917)
13. Doo Doodle Oom - Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra (1923)
14. Static Strut - Fletcher Henderson And The Dixie Stompers  (1926)
15. Who Stole the Lock (On the Hen House Door-) Jack Bland (1932)
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The Original Dixieland Jass Band were a New Orleans, Dixieland jazz band that made the first jazz recordings in early 1917. Their "Livery Stable Blues" became the first jazz single ever issued. The group composed and made the first recordings of many jazz standards, the most famous being "Tiger Rag". In late 1917 the spelling of the band's name was changed to Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

The band consisted of five musicians who previously had played in the Papa Jack Laine bands, a diverse and racially integrated group of musicians who played for parades, dances, and advertising in New Orleans.


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The Original Dixieland Jass Band 
Nick LaRocca (clarinet), Eddie Edwards (trombone), Larry Shields (clarinet), Henry Ragas (piano), Tony Sbarbaro (drums). Composed by Eddie Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro & Larry Shields.

ODJB billed itself as the Creators of Jazz, because it was the first band to record jazz commercially and to have hit recordings in the new genre. Band leader and trumpeter Nick LaRocca (composer of "Tiger Rag") argued that ODJB deserved recognition as the first band to record jazz commercially and the first band to establish jazz as a musical idiom or genre.

Friar's Society Orchestra: In 1920, Paul Mares and George Brunies were working on the Mississippi riverboat S.S. Capitol when it stopped in Davenport, Iowa, where they teamed with Leon Roppolo on clarinet. They eventually added Elmer Schobel on piano, Frank Snyder on drums, Alfred Loyacano on bass and Louis Black played banjo. They got a gig at the Friar's Club in Chicago in 1922. At first they called themselves The Friar's Society Orchestra, after the club the Friars Inn at 1834 Wabash Street at Van Buren in Chicago, but they changed their name to The New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1923 after losing that gig.


Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics).


Irving Milfred Mole, better known as Miff Mole was a jazz trombonist and band leader. He is generally considered as one of the greatest jazz trombonists and credited with creating "the first distinctive and influential solo jazz trombone style." His major recordings included "Slippin' Around", "Red Hot Mama" in 1924 with Sophie Tucker on vocals, "Miff's Blues", "There'll Come a Time (Wait and See)", on the film soundtrack to the 2008 movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and "Toddlin' Blues" and "Davenport Blues", recorded in 1925 with Bix Beiderbecke and Tommy Dorsey as Bix Beiderbecke and His Rhythm Jugglers.

Johnny Bayersdorffer was a popular bandleader at the Spanish Fort resort on Bayou St. John by Lake Pontchartrain. He is best remembered to later generations for his 1920s recordings for Okeh Records. Bayersdorffer also played with Happy Schilling and Tony Parenti's bands.

Johnny Bayersdorffer
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. His was one of the most prolific black orchestras and his influence was vast. He was often known as "Smack" Henderson (apparently named due to his college baseball hitting skills). Fletcher is ranked along with Duke Ellington as one of the most influential arrangers and band leaders in jazz history, and helped bridge the gap between the jazz and swing era.

James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr
Banjoist and guitarist Jack Bland is best remembered as the banjoist for the Mound City Blue Blowers which he co-founded with Red McKenzie in St. Louis. By 1924 the group had a hit record in Chicago with "Arkansas Blues". Later that year guitarist Eddie Lang joined the group and they toured England. By the mid-to-late 1920's Bland, like Condon, switched from the banjo to the cello bodied four-string tenor guitar. By 1929 Eddie Lang left the Blue Blowers and they became Red McKenzie's Mound City Blue Blowers and became a more traditional sounding hot outfit with the addition of Gene Krupa on drums, Muggsy Spanier on cornet, and Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax and Eddie Condon on banjo.



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