Alvin Elmore Alcorn, trumpet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA,
d. July 17, 2003. 
Alvin Alcorn's playing with Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band during 1954-1956 (which was well documented by Good Time Jazz and has been reissued in the Original Jazz Classics series) was simple but frequently superb. He was an expert at leading ensembles, had an attractive tone and was both subtle and occasionally powerful, building up ensembles to an explosive level.
Taught music theory by his brother, Alcorn's early years were active if now cloaked in obscurity. He freelanced in New Orleans (playing with Armand J. Piron's Sunny South Syncopators during 1930-1931) and toured with Don Albert's Texas-based swing band during 1932-1937, making one recording date but probably not taking any solos.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAlcorn worked in New Orleans from 1937 on, playing with many groups including those led by Paul Barbarin, Sidney Desvigne, Oscar Celestin (1951), and Octave Crosby. Alcorn moved to Los Angeles in 1954 to join Ory, and their four records were easily the best of his career.
After returning to New Orleans in 1956, Alcorn played steadily into the 1980s with local groups, touring Europe a few times (including with Chris Barber in 1978). Unfortunately, all of his post-Ory recordings (other than a Verve date with George Lewis) were for small labels, and they tend to be disappointing due to the erratic recording quality and the trumpeter's gradual decline, but his work with Kid Ory assures him a place in history as a New Orleans legend.
~ Scott Yanow
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Graeme (Emerson) Bell, Leader 
b. Melbourne, Australia
A pioneering Australian jazzman, Graeme Bell recorded an extensive series of hot jazz performances (particularly during 1947-1952) that were quite influential in the Australian traditional jazz scene. Bell worked professionally from the late ''30s but it was after he formed his Australian Jazz Band and toured in Europe for a full year (1947-1948) that his brand of freewheeling jazz (mixing together standards and obscurities) made its impact, recording in Czechoslovakia, Paris, and London before returning home.
Back home, Bell in 1949 helped found the Swaggie label and revisited Europe several times in the 1950s and recorded extensively up until 1967. Among his more significant sidemen were cornetist Roger Bell (his talented brother); Lazy Ade Monsborough on clarinet, trumpet, and trombone; clarinetist Don Roberts; and in the early ''60s, trumpeter Bob Barnard. Graeme Bell remained active on a part-time basis in the 1980s and ''90s.
- Scott Yanow

Amede Breaux, (Cajun) vocals
b. Rayne, LA, USA. (aka: Amedee Breaux) Breaux Brothers.
The Breaux Brothers ( Breaux Frères) were a Cajun band consisting of Amédé Breaux (1900-1973) on accordion, Ophé on guitar, and Cléopha on the fiddle. With their sister Cléoma on guitar, they issued the earliest recorded version of the Cajun music anthem "Jolie Blonde" (under the title "Ma Blonde Est Partie"). 

The band came together formally only after Cléoma left to play music with her husband, Cajun musician Joe Falcon. The brothers recorded for the Columbia label.
Breaux Brothers

Sara Dean, vocals
b. Camden, NJ, USA.
Sang with the Louis Armstrong Orch.

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"Boots" Douglas, drums
b. Temple, TX, USA.
Member: 'Boots & His Buddies'

Max Kaminsky
b. Brockton, MA, USA
d. Sept. 6, 1994, Castle Point, NY, USA
A traditional player who was influenced by Louis Armstrong, Max began his career in Boston in the 20s before moving on to Chicago to play with George Wettling and Frank Teschemaker. In the 30s Max recorded with Eddie Condon, Bennny Carter, Bud Freeman and Artie Shaw. The 40s was a period of reviving the tradition of the music for Max, especially when he played with Sindey Bechet, Art Hodes, Willie the Lion Smith and Joe Marsala.
Over his career, Max worked with: Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Elkins, Bud Freeman, Benny Goodman, Art Karle, Joe Marsala, Jack Marshard, Mezz Mezzrow, Red Nichols, Ray
Noble, Tony Pastor, Leo Reisman, Jacques Renard, Alvino Rey, Teddy Roy, "Pee Wee" Russell, Artie Shaw, Joe Venuti, George Wein, and George Wettling.

Joe Newman, trumpet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA
d. July 4, 1992, New York, NY, USA
né: Joseph Dwight Newman.
(Worked with Count Basie Orch.)
Joe Newman, one of the very few musicians (other than Freddie Green) to play for long periods with Count Basie's orchestras of both the 1940s and '50s, had an unclassifiable trumpet style. Influenced early on by Louis Armstrong and more prominently by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Newman was a mainstream player who was versatile enough to hold his own with Count Basie's younger (and generally boppish) sidemen.
Born to a musical family in New Orleans, Newman not only played with the college band at Alabama State College, but took over its leadership. He gained important early experience playing with Lionel Hampton's big band (1941-43) before joining Basie(1943-47). He was a featured sideman with Illinois Jacquet's popular group and also worked with J.C. Heard. Newman's second period with Basie (1952-61) gave him his greatest fame, as he shared solo space with Thad Jones.
The trumpeter also recorded extensively during this era a leader for Vanguard, Storyville, Jazztone, Savoy, Coral, Roulette, Swingville and Mercury; his four near-classic RCA sessions have been reissued as a two-CD set. After leaving Basie, Newman toured the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman (1962), freelanced around New York, and became involved with Jazz Interactions (a nonprofit organization that educated youth about jazz), serving as its president starting in 1967.
In later years, Joe Newman fared well at the 1972 Newport in New York jam sessions, guested with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, toured with Benny Carter, and led sessions for Black & Blue and Concord. He also founded Jazz Interactions, a New York-based organization that educated children about jazz and promoted concerts.   ~Scott Yanow
(Joe Newman interviewed by Les Tomkins in 1977)

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Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins, tenor sax
b. New York, NY, USA.
(Some sources show Sept 9, as birthday.)
In 1972, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Sonny first studied piano, then alto sax, before permanently switching to tenor in 1946. In 1949, he made his recording debut with Babs Gonzales, and in the same year worked on dates with J.J. Johnson and Bud Powell ( Fats Navarro was on the same session). In 1951, Rollins started recording with Miles Davis and in 1953 with Thelonious Monk. He was out of music briefly, but in late 1955, he became a member of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet remaining with them after Brownie's death, until 1957, after which he was always a leader.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Rex Stewart, trumpet
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 60

Floyd Casey, drums
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 67

"Blind" Arvella Gray, guitar
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 74. [Walter Dixon]
Syd Valentine's Patent Leather Kids in 1929.
Syd Valentine, trumpet
died in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra - 'N' Everything (Introducing: "Cleopatra"/"I Want You To Want Me")


The Happy Six


Original Indiana Five - Mean, Mean Mama
  • Stavin' Change (The Meanest Man In New Orleans)

Clara Smith - I Never Miss My Sunshine (I'm So Used To Rain)


The Washingtonians - I'm Gonna Hang Around My Sugar

Ted Weems and his Orchestra

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Trouble In Mind
Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra


Fats Waller and his Rhythm


~(Grant Clarke / Walter Donaldson)

Sailor Bill McCoy was a handsome sailor boy
His ship got wrecked awhile, on a Fiji-Iji Isle
He led a savage life and he hunted with a knife
He said, "I'll tell you all about it, don't tell my wife, because....
I've got a Bimbo down on the Bamboo Isle
She's waiting there for me, beneath a bamboo tree
Believe me, she's got all the other Bimbo's beat a mile
She dances daily, gayly, she'd make a hit with Barnum and Bailey
I'll build a bungalow on the Bamboo Isle
'Cause when I go again, I'll stay awhile
I've seen wrecks, plenty of wrecks out on the ragin' sea
But, by heck, you've never seen a wreck like the wreck she made of me
And, all she wore was a great big Zulu smile
My little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle
William's boss said, "Bill, a Captain's job you'll fill
On a ship that's going North, today it's going forth"
A Captain's job is fine, but Bill said, "I'll decline
I'll Take half pay as a sailor on that ship of mine, 'cause"....
I've got a Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle
She's waiting there for me beneath a bamboo tree
Believe me, she's got all the other Bimbo's beat a mile
She dances daily, gayly, she plays a mean ukelele
I'll build a bungalow on the Bamboo Isle
"Cause when I go again, I'll stay a while
"What's that? What's a Bimbo mean? Please take my advice
I don't know what "Bimbo" means, but I think it's something nice
Everybody loves her, even the crocodiles
My little Bimbo, down on the Bamboo Isle

Trouble In Mind
~Lyrics: Richard M Jones ~Music: Richard M Jones

I'm troubled in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
You know the sun gonna shine
On my back door some day
I'm going down to the river
Take my old rockin' chair
If the blues don't take me
Gonna rock away from here
I'm gonna lay my head
On some lonesome railroad line
And let the two nineteen
Satisfy my troubled mind
You know the sun gonna shine
In my backdoor some day

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