Music of New Orleans Volume 3: Alvin Alcorn

by Music of New Orleans

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The music on this third "MONO Records" recording is both rare and excellent. Commencing with Alvin Alcorn's band, it features the cream of the crop of New Orleans musicians working at that time. It leaves one to wonder why there was no trombone player. Luckily with the two reeds he not missed. The band really clicks and puts a great New Orleans beat. On "Bill Bailey" they just start playing and come together inside four bars. The banjo playing on "Shade of the Old Apple Tree" is simply superb! Apparent the program was originally televised by a Milwaukee company.

The three numbers by Papa Celestin were done for a radio broadcast in 1950 and especially on "I Got Rhythm" demonstate the fine down-home beat the band.

The song "Stay Away from Dixieland" was written by Sonny Clap and is featured here by the original "Dukes of Dixieland" lead by Frank Assunto in 1950. This band had the beat and drive plus the ensemble playing that carried to the national fame in those early years.

Lastly, Kid Howard's band featured two trumpets. Thomas Jefferson was considered almost a protoge of Howard in these early years. The songs here are also important because they feature the seldom-recorded Simon Frazier, younger brother of drummer Josiah "Cie" Frazier.

Barry Martyn
New Orleans, October 2016


released February 26, 2017

Alvin Alcorn's Dance Band
Alvin Alcorn (tpt), John Handy (alt), Andrew Morgan (clt), Emma Barrett (pno), George Guesnon (bjo), Joe Butler (sbs), Josiah "Cie" Frazier (drs)
Recorded in New Orleans, 1964

Papa Celestin's Tuxedo Jazz Band
Oscar Celestin (tpt), Alphonse Picou (clt), Bill Mathews (tbn), Ocave Crosby (pno), Richard Alexis (sbs), Happy Goldston (drs)
Recorded in New Orleans, 1950

The Dukes of Dixieland
Frank Assunto (tpt & voc), Bill Shea (clt), Fred Assunto (tbn), Stanley Mendleson (pno), Rudy Marsares (sbs), Roger Johnson (drs)
Recorded in New Orleans, Jan 13th 1951

Kid Howard's Band
Avery "Kid" Howard (tpt), Thomas Jefferson (tpt), Paul Barnes (clt), Bob Thomas (tbn), Simon Frazier (pno), Fred Minor (bjo), James Prevost (sbs), Chester Jones (drs)
Recorded in New Orleans, Sept 23rd 1950



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