"Buster" Bailey, Clarinet
b. Memphis, TN, USA.
d. April 12, 1967.
Early career
Buster Bailey was a master of the clarinet and was educated on the instrument by classical teacher Franz Schoepp, the man who taught Benny Goodman. Bailey got his start with W.C. Handy’s Orchestra in 1917 when he was just fifteen years old. After two years of touring with Handy, Bailey quit the orchestra while the band was in Chicago. In 1919, Bailey joined Erskine Tate’s Vendome Orchestra and remained with Tate until 1923 when he joined up with Joe "King" Oliver. As a member of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Bailey met and became friends with Louis Armstrong, who was also a member of the band at that time.
In 1924, Armstrong left King Oliver’s Jazz Band to join Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in New York. Within a month Armstrong extended an invitation for Buster Bailey to join him as a member of Henderson’s band.
Bailey accepted and moved to New York City.
Mid career
In New York during the late 1920s, Buster Bailey became a highly respected sideman with Perry Bradford and others, and appeared on numerous recordings playing both the clarinet and the soprano saxophone. Most notably Bailey performed on a number of Clarence Williams albums. In 1927 he left Fletcher Henderson and undertook a tour of Europe with Noble Sissle’s Orchestra. After his return, Bailey performed with several other jazz greats, including Edgar Hayes and Dave Nelson. He rejoined Sissle’s orchestra in 1931 and continued with the group through 1933. In 1934, Bailey was back briefly with Fletcher Henderson, but by the end of the year he had settled down as a member of the John Kirby Band. Bailey remained a member of Kirby’s band until 1946, but that didn’t stop him from performing with other artists. In 1934 and 1935, Bailey was playing with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and in 1937 he was a session player for Midge Williams and Her Jazz Jesters. He also recorded music during this time as Buster Bailey and His Rhythm Busters.
Late career
In 1946, Buster Bailey went independent and led his own band, but his group lasted for only the year. In 1947 he joined Wilbur de Paris and performed with him until 1949. During the early 1950s Bailey was with Big Chief Russell Moore, but for most of the decade Bailey played with Henry "Red" Allen. From 1961 to 1963 he performed with Wild Bill Davison. Bailey was with the Saints And Sinners from 1963 to 1964, and in 1965 he rejoined his old friend Armstrong and became a member of Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars.
Buster Bailey died in April 1967 of a heart attack. He was living in Brooklyn, New York, at the time.

Eddie Brunner
Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Piano
b. Zurich, Switzerland
d. July 18, 1960, Zurich, Switzerland.
The most important Swiss hot-jazz soloist of his time, Brunner's playing was strongly influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Eddie Miller. He began his career working with local bands. Then, in 1931, he joined saxophonist Rent Dumont's orchestra in Berlin.
In 1933, he recorded with brothers Jack and Louis de Vries, and violinist Marek Weber band; during 1936-'37 with the Goldene Sieben; and in 1939 with Louis Bacon. From 1938 onwards, he occasionally recorded as a leader,- usually playing Clarinet. (As leader he recorded Bagatelle (1938), Swing 41, (his own compositions), Smoke-house Rhythm (1940, Columbia ZZ1001); Old and New (1940, Columbia ZZ1003); of the Original Teddies: Mï¿1?2i Stomp (1941, Elite Special 4075); Swingin' with Benny Carter (1942, Elite Special 4140). During 1936-'39, he lived in Paris, France, returning to Switzerland at the outbreak of World War II, where he joined Teddy Stauffer's Original Teddies as a tenor saxophone soloist. In 1941, Stauffer left and Brunner took over leadership until disbanding in 1947.
During the 1940s, he recorded prolifically, both with the "Original Teddies" and under his own name. In 1944, he recorded with Philippe Brun. In 1948, he led his own sextet, playing and recording well into the 1950s. He also worked in the radio and television studios.

Harry "Tiny" Hill, Leader/vocals
b. Sullivan, IL
d. Dec. 13, 1971, Denver, CO. 
Tiny Hill Orch. 
A heavyweight band leader in every sense, the inappropriately titled Harry ‘Tiny’ Hill was a massive man (nearing 400 lbs in weight) who formed his first dance band in 1933 in Illinois, USA. He had begun experimenting with music as the drummer in a trio while attending Illinois State Normal College. This informal group enjoyed significant local success at a variety of nightclubs and halls, and encouraged him to form his own, expanded unit. With a line-up including Jack Alexander, Sterling Bose, Bob Anderson, Ralph Richards, Dick Coffeen, Russ Phillips, Bob Kramer, Nick Schreier, Bob Walters, Norman Maxwell, Pat Patterson, Lloyd McCahn, Monte Mountjoy, Rolly Carpenter, Al Larsen, Leroy Hendricks and others, the Tiny Hill Orchestra quickly found themselves prime bookings on the Midwest one-nighter circuit. Augmented by vocalists such as Allen De Witt, Bob Freeman, Irwin Bendell and Hill himself, the group’s popularity soon extended to Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, growing steadily throughout the 30s and 40s. Undeterred by the decline in the commercial appeal of the big band sound, Hill resolutely remained at the helm of the combo until his death in 1971. In that time the Tiny Hill Orchestra left behind many excellent recordings for Vocalion Records, Columbia Records, Decca Records, OKeh Records and Mercury Records, including their theme song, ‘Angry’.
~Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin
Tiny Hill - Wikipedia

Cliff Jackson, Piano
b. Culpepper, VA, USA.
d. 1970.
~by Scott Yanow
One of the most powerful stride pianists, Cliff Jackson never became all that famous in the jazz world despite his talent. In 1923, he moved to New York, where he played with Lionel Howard's Musical Aces in 1924, and freelanced. Jackson recorded, in 1927, with Bob Fuller and Elmer Snowden , and then formed a big band ( the Krazy Kats ) that made some exuberant recordings in 1930, including "Horse Feathers" and "The Terror." After that band broke up, Jackson mostly worked as a soloist in New York clubs. He recorded with Sidney Bechet during 1940-1941; cut some solos and Dixieland sides for Black & White (1944-1945); made three solos for Disc (1945); led a band for a Swingville session (1961); and recorded solo for Black Lion, Ri-Disc, Jazzology, and Master Jazz (1969). Cliff Jackson is also documented in 1966 playing at a festival (on Jazzology) with his wife, Maxine Sullivan.

Ernie Shepard, Bass
b. Beaumont, TX, USA. d. 1965 USA.
Ernie Shepherd (born Wombwell, near Barnsley, Yorkshire August 14, 1919) was a footballer with QPR. 

He was a winger and signed in 1950 from Hull City, making his debut in August that year against Chesterfield. He had also previously played for Fulham and WBA. 

Ernie played 219 league games for QPR scoring 51 goals before retiring from playing in 1957.

Charles "Charlie" Teagarden, Trumpet/bandleader
b. Vernon, TX, USA.
d. 1984. (Brother of Jack Teagarden)
Biography ~by Scott Yanow
Although he spent his career in his brother Jack Teagarden's shadow, Charlie Teagarden was an excellent trumpeter who sounded perfectly at home in Dixieland combos and big bands. Born eight years after Jack (who he outlived by 20 years), two years after pianist Norma and two before his brother drummer Cub, Charlie's mother Helen was a fine ragtime pianist. The trumpeter worked in local bands in Oklahoma and then followed his brother Jack into Ben Pollack's Orchestra in 1929 where he made his recording debut.
Teagarden played with Red Nichols (1931), Roger Wolfe Kahn (1932) and for a long stretch with Paul Whiteman (1933-40). During the Whiteman period, both Teagardens plus Frankie Trumbauer briefly led a group called the Three T's and Charlie did some freelance recording. He spent time in Jack Teagarden's Big Band (starting in 1940) but mostly led his own bands for the next few years. Among Charlie Teagarden's more notable associations were Jimmy Dorsey (1948-50) (where he played with a combo taken from the big band that was billed as "The Original Dorseyland Jazz Band"), Ben Pollack, Bob Crosby (1954-58) and Pete Fountain (in the 1960's). 

Teagarden was based in Las Vegas after 1959. He appeared at the memorable 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival with Jack, Norma and Helen Teagarden but by the 1970's was only semi-active. Charlie Teagarden's only record date as a leader was a session for Coral in 1962.
Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Frank Sinatra and actress
Mia Farrow were married
on this day.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:

Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orchestra


Paul Biese Trio - Dangerous Blues (Introducing: "Sweet Love")


The California Ramblers
  • Say It While Dancing


Rosa Henderson
Lizzie Miles

Mamie Smith
  • You Can't Do What My Last Man Did


Benson Orchestra of Chicago
  • Pickin' Em Up And Layin''Em Down


Ted Weems and his Orchestra


Bernie Schultz and his Crescent Orchestra

Original Indiana Five


State Street Ramblers
  • How Would You Like To Be Me
  • Someday You'll Know
  • Tell Me Cutie
  • Tiger Moon


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - Ain't Misbehavin' - (From Musical Show Connie's Hot Chocolates)


Lucille Bogan


Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra - Aunt Hagar's Blues


The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi 
~Written by:

Bryan Stokes; Dudley Vernor

The girl of my dreams is the sweetest girl
Of all the girls I know
Each sweet co-ed like a rainbow trail
Fades in the afterglow
The blue of her eye and the gold of her hair
Are a blend of the western sky
And the moonlight beams on the girl of my dreams
She's the sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Oh the blue of her eye and the gold of her hair
Are a blend of the western sky
And the moonlight beams on the girl of my dreams
She's the sweetheart of Sigma Chi
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