Walking Backwards to New Orleans 8

On listening to the trad bands after decades of ignoring theme I found that I still enjoyed the top tier bands – especially Chris Barber’s.

But I also enjoyed one of the second tier bands enormously (Alex Welsh’s). What about the Dance Bands of the 20s and 30s: is there a second tier outfit that particularly appeals? Ho yuss: I give you Alfredo’s Band.

We begin with their 1927 Mean To Me. Caperworthy, eh?

I don’t know much about Alfredo save that his name was Alf Gill. On to 1928 with The Varsity Drag. Jazzy, eh?

More from 28: Crazy Rhythm. Do I like it? Not ‘alf.

And so to ’29, Virginia.

The same year’s Am I Blue. (I admit it – I have a great weakness for this song.)

We end with their 1930 recording of what might well be Irving Berlin’s finest: Puttin’ on the Ritz.

If that lot didn’t get you moving you must have assumed room

2 comments for “Walking Backwards to New Orleans 8

  1. January 21, 2019 at 04:13

    Mean to Me and Am I Blue but the eternal Ritz never pales. You have a neverending reservoir there.

  2. January 21, 2019 at 19:25

    Excellent. No favourites, I enjoyed them all and it leaves me wondering why Alfredo’s Band is second tier. I’ve only skimmed it, but there is lots of info about him here –


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