There are items here that could equally well have been
put under the ‘78 rpm’ heading; but the writings are mostly
concerned with the nature of the music rather than the
disc on which it is preserved.
THE LITTLE RED MONKEY HAS GOT ME…
Always having been prone to ‘catchy’ tunes, need I say more?
THE BIRMINGHAM CITY POLICE BAND in 1921.
On this page you can hear four of the six sides this band made for Regal in late 1921. The conductor was Appleby Matthews,
the first conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra. We shall continue to look for the third disc…
THE CORRECT PITCHING OF ‘78 rpm’ RECORDS.
We all know that so-called ‘78 rpm’ records were recorded at many different speeds! Here are 2 pages that demonstrate a simple approach to get British and U.S. Dance band and Jazz records in the right keys.
FRANK TRUMBAUER – C-MELODY OR ALTO SAX.: WHERE & WHEN?
The great saxophone player and friend of Bix Beiderbecke is often listed as just playing C-melody saxophone. Did he play the alto sax too?
Of course he did (not to mention the bassoon, cornet and clarinet!), and this article gives some possible instances, with audio samples.
THE ‘IMPERIAL RUSSIAN ORCHESTRA’, 1915.
Four sides were recorded in London in late 1915 by this small orchestra. The leader and arranger was Yasha Krein, who came
to this country from Russia in 1904. Find out more, and hear the sides, on this page.
IN A MIST.
Bix Beiderbecke’s famous piano composition. A link to a most unusual version of it recorded in 1941 – but never issued.
CORNET CHOP SUEY by LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S HOT FIVE: WHAT KEY IS IN?
A discussion of the correct key for the 1926 Louis Armstrong Hot Five recording of this tune.
Did the band play it in E flat, or F? How did the uncertainty arise?
THE WORKSOP RAGTIME BAND.
A postcard, possibly from ca. 1915-1918, of a fascinating & totally unknown ensemble.
THE BRIGHTON REGENT ORCHESTRA.
The Brighton Regent Orchestra was formed to play in the new De Luxe Regent Cinema, which opened in 1921.
It was conducted by Basil Cameron, a rising musical star at the time, destined to become a famous conductor.
Happily, they made 12 issued recordings in 1922. Ten of them may be heard on this page!
EARLY BRASS BAND RECORDS.
I have spent 50 years dabbling with Jazz and Hot Dance 78 rpm records. But recently, an interest early brass band records
has developed. Here is a selection of several well-known and not-so-well-known band records.
The recorded legacy of this superb musician who died in 1931, is still valuable to many of us.
Here are gathered several pages from my old web-site that deal with matters Bixian.
OBSCURE BRITISH 1920s DANCE BANDS.
What of the ‘unsung’ dance bands? Those who played in the provinces, never travelled much, and above all, never made records?
Many people have been researching them for years. Today we upload a few images of such bands.
22. “A BAND OF MY OWN” – 1987 – 199?
For some years I actually had my own band. Eventually, the demands of getting gigs, ’phoning around,
Organizing things, carting the P.A. gear about, setting it up & taking it down &c., got the better of me.
But in retirement, it’s nice to go back to Happy Memories.
21. PLAYING JAZZ FOR CHARITY, ca. 1965.
The Birmingham Mail ‘Christmas Tree Fund’! The Zenith Hot Stompers play outside St.Philip’s Cathedral, 1964-5.