The Flapper Wife
~by The California Ramblers


Benjamin "Buzzy" Drootin, Drums
b. Russia
d. May 27, 2000, Englewood, NJ.
The drummer Buzzy Drootin -- whose nickname developed out of a combination of a loose snare drum tuning and energetic personal vibrations -- was actually born in the Ukraine. He was whisked off to Boston at the age of five; three out of four brothers in this family became musicians. Drootin's professional career began in 1940 when he went on tour with vocalist Ina Ray Hutton. This was followed by two years working with bandleader Al Donahue, then a move to Chicago where he literally made a buzz with several small classic jazz outfits. One of his bosses was the one-armed trumpeter Wingy Manone.
In 1947 Drootin left Chicago for New York City, becoming closely associated with Eddie Condon with nearly five years of tenure in that leader and nightclub proprietor's house rhythm section. Listeners of the ensuing decade who were hanging with swing and New Orleans, balking at bebop, would regularly have Drootin's cymbals ringing in their ears in the groups of Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, and many others. Through the '50s and '60s the drummer paradiddled back and forth between the hometown of his American youth and both Chicago and New York City. He was sometimes employed as a regular in the productions of jazz promoter George Wein. He and sibling Al Drootin started their own Drootin Brothers Jazz Band in the '70s. Buzzy was still performing in the '80s. He died from cancer.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Avery "Kid" Howard, Cornet
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. 1966, USA. Biography
~by Scott Yanow
Listening to records featuring Kid Howard can be quite frustrating because his alcoholism led to some very erratic playing. Howard started playing drums when he was 14, gigged with Chris Kelly (who gave him cornet lessons) and a little later switched permanently to cornet and eventually trumpet. He worked in New Orleans with the Eureka Brass Band, Allen's Brass Band and the Tuxedo Brass Band among others. 
Howard led his own group in the late 1920's and also played with Sam Morgan, in the pit orchestra of the Palace Theatre (1938-43), with a variety of dance bands and with Jim Robinson and Capt. John Handy.
In 1943 Kid Howard recorded with George Lewis and sounded in prime form, playing better and more consistently than he would for the next 20 years. He freelanced in New Orleans (recording as the leader of the Original Zenith Brass Band in 1946) and then in 1952 became a member of George Lewis' band for nine years.
Sometimes he sounded exuberant, other times very much like an out-of-tune amateur; drinking often took precedence over playing. A serious illness in 1961 resulted in him leaving Lewis although
Howard recovered enough so he was able to play at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and at other local venues up until shortly before his death. 
Private recordings released by American Music feature Kid Howard playing in a Louis Armstrong-inspired style during 1937-40. Otherwise he led albums during 1961-65 for Icon, Mono, Jazzology, San Jacinto, Nobility and the Japanese Dan label.
Kid Howard: Information from

Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson
Leader/tenor sax
b. Cleveland, OH, USA. 
Benjamin Clarence "Bull Moose" Jackson (April 22, 1919 – July 31, 1989) was an American blues and rhythm and blues singer and saxophonist, who was most successful in the late 1940s.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he learned to play the saxophone and started his first band, The Harlem Hotshots, while he was still in high school. In 1943 he was recruited as a saxophonist by bandleader Lucky Millinder, and the musicians in Millinder's band gave him the nickname "Bull Moose" for his appearance. He began singing when required to stand in for Wynonie Harris at a show in Texas.
Millinder encouraged Jackson to sign a solo contract with Syd Nathan of King Records to play rhythm and blues. He first recorded in his own right in 1946, with "I Know Who Threw the Whiskey", an answer song to Millinder's "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well". The following year, his recording of "I Love You, Yes I Do" reputedly became the first R&B single to sell a million copies, holding the #1 spot on the R&B chart for three weeks and crossing over to the pop chart, where it made #24.
He formed his own group, The Buffalo Bearcats, and over the next five years recorded in a wide variety of musical styles, including both romantic crooning and bawdy jump blues. Other big hits in 1948 included the double-sided hit "All My Love Belongs to You" / "I Want a Bowlegged Woman", and his biggest R&B chart hit, "I Can't Go On Without You", which stayed at #1 on the R&B chart for eight weeks. He also made an appearance in the 1948 film, Boarding House Blues, with Millinder.

In 1949, he covered "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me" a song that been successful for Wayne Raney as well as several country and western performers. Jackson toured throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s. Around 1951, his band included bebop composer and arranger Tadd Dameron on piano, and another jazz musician, Benny Golson, on saxophone. Some of Jackson's later risqué material, including "Big Ten Inch Record" (later covered by Aerosmith on Toys in the Attic) and "Nosey Joe" (written by Leiber and Stoller), both from 1952, were too suggestive for airplay, but remained popular.
Jackson continued to record until the mid 1950s, but as musical tastes changed began working for a catering firm in Washington, D.C. In 1961 he re-recorded and had a minor hit with "I Love You, Yes I Do". In the early 1980s he was persuaded by Carl Grefenstette to perform and record again with the Pittsburgh R&B revival band, The Flashcats, who had been playing his songs, and to record the album Moosemania in 1985. Jackson also toured nationally and internationally. However, his health began to fail, and he died of lung cancer in Cleveland in 1989. 

~Bull Moose Jackson - Wikipedia

Bull Moose Jackson: Information from

Willie C. "Boll Weenie Bill" Moore, guitar
b. Kinston, NC, USA.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Earl "Fatha" Hines
died in Oakland, CA, USA.
Age: 79.
This Jazz pianist was a major influence on Teddy Wilson, Jess Stacy, Joe Sullivan and Nat King Cole.

Walter Vinson, guitar
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 74
Member: 'Mississippi Sheiks' 
Mississippi Sheiks - Wikipedia

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Jazzbo's Carolina Serenaders - Cuddle Up Blues
  • My Honey's Lovin' Arms


The California Ramblers - The Flapper Wife

Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra
  • Roses


Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers

King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators - Willie The Weeper


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra - 1929
Left to Right: David "Jelly" James, Ken Roane, George Temple, Oliver Blackwell, Emmanuel Casamore, Lockwood Lewis, Ralph Bedell, Andy Pendelton, Felix Gregory, Perry Smith, Hank Duncan seated Fess Williams.
Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra


The Jungle Band - Accordion Joe


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Quintette of the Hot Club of France


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