Walking Backwards to New Orleans 12

Jack Jackson And His Orchestra At The Dorchester Hotel were celebrated as a non-jazzy outfit. But just this once Jackson perhaps hinted at his earlier incarnation as a hot trumpet player: Make Those People Sway. (September 11, 1933)

“Swing” emerged later – enthusiasts date it to the Benny Goodman triumph at the Palomar Ballroom in 1935.

Here’s a post-’35 British recording of Jelly Roll Morton’s King Porter Stomp: Harry Roy & His Orchestra on 16/12/37.

There’s not much doubt about the jazz influence there. How about earlier recordings? Ray Starita directs the Piccadilly Revels Band on My cutie’s due at two-to-two today, recorded 1 Feb 1927.

That certainly got my shoulders twitching. Moving to 1926, here’s Static Strut by the Savoy Orpheans.

Not bad at all, I thought, so let’s have another from ’26: Al Starita and the Kit-Cat Band: Sunday (Recorded on December 1st.)

Now for a real early bird. 1923 gives us T’aint Nobody’s Business If I Do by The Savoy Havana Band, featuring (possibly) the aforementioned Al and Ray Starita.

Those last three tracks don’t leave much doubt about the jazz influencing British dance bands through into the 20s and 30s.

2 comments for “Walking Backwards to New Orleans 12

  1. February 17, 2019 at 18:53

    As usual, all good, the Jack Jackson particularly so, not so crazy about swing but the Staritas certainly rescued it. Maybe My Cutie and Sunday for me.

  2. February 18, 2019 at 19:24

    All good for me too – I’m enjoying this approach enormously. Seemed to be on the last track almost as soon as my headphones had warmed up.

    Favourites hard to pick out but maybe Static Strut and Sunday. However I also enjoyed the oldie from 1923 – for me there is something about the oldies.

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