New Orleans Rhythm Kings Gennett Medallion
1923: the New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded “Tin Roof Blues” in Richmond. This historic session appeared on Gennett 5105, Buddy 8001, Starr-Gennett 9435, Temple 521, and UHCA 87. The track featured Paul Mares (c), George Brunies (tb), Leon Rappolo (cl), Mel Stizel (p), and Ben Pollack (bjo).
1991: Jimmy McPartland passed away. He recorded two tracks on Gennett with the Wolverine Orchestra. They appeared on Gennett 5620, Starr-Gennett 9611, and Tempo R-24. Both recordings featured Dave Harmon (vox), Jimmy McPartland (c), George Brunies (tb), Jimmy Hartwell and George Johnson (sax), Dick Voynow (p), Min Leinbrook (bs), Bob Gillette (bjo), and Vic Moore (d). Bix Beiderbecke is not on this recording.
March 12th in Gennett History, 1923: The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded “Shim-me-sha-wabble” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5106, as well as reissue labels British Rhythm 1004, Jazz Classic 503 and L-27, and Vinylite Jazz Reissues 24.. This recording featured Paul Mares (c), George Brunies (tb), Leon Rappolo (cl), Mel Stitzel (p), and Ben Pollack (bjo).
Pace Jubilee Singers Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
March 2nd in Gennett History, 1927: the Pace Jubilee Singers recorded “Steal Away and Pray” in Chicago. It appeared on Gennett 6072, Black Patti 8011, Champion 15249, Herwin 92011, and QRS R-7017. Hattie Parker and Henry Pace appear as vocalists. The Champion issue sold approx. 1200 copies in 1927 and 1928.
February 28th in Gennett History, 1928: Lou Calabrese and His Hot Shots recorded “Lipstick” and “Let’s Misbehave” in NYC. The recordings appeared on Gennett 6421, Angelus 3032, and Superior 363. “Let’s Misbehave” also appeared on Champion 15468. This 1928 Movietone newsreel shows Calabrese’s virtuosic banjo playing.
Happy 129th Birthday, Freddie Keppard! (2/27/1889). Keppard recorded with Cook’s Dreamland Orchestra on 1/24/1924 in Richmond. “So This is Venice” appeared on Gennett 5360. In addition to Keppard and Elwood Graham (c), the track featured Fred Garland (tb), Joe Poston and Jerome Pasquall (sax), Jimmy Noone and Clifford King (cl), Clifford King (p), Bill Newton (bs), Stan Wilson (bjo), Jimmy Bell (f), and Berte Green (d).
Vernon Dalhart Gennett Walk of Fame Medallion
February 24th in Gennett History, 1925: Vernon Dalhart recorded “In The Baggage Coach Ahead” in NYC. It appeared on Gennett 3019 and 5675, Champion 15155, Herwin 75503, and Challenge 162 and 311. The Champion issue sold approx. 1,000 copies between 1926 and 1928.
February 25th in Gennett History, 1924: The Bucktown Five recorded “Chicago Blues” in Richmond. It appeared on Gennett 5418. The recording featured Muggsy Spanier (c), Guy Carey (tb), Volly de Faut (cl), Mel Stitzel (p), and Marvin Saxbe (g/bjo).