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Feat. Manuel Perez


This recording was made in Chicago on September 17th 1926 by "Elgar's Creole Orchestra" featuring Manuel Perez and Joe Sudler cornets, Harry Swift trombone, Darnell Howard and unknown clarinet & alto sax, Charles Elgar violin & director, Logan Thomas piano, Bill Shelby banjo, Lawson Buford bass, and Ben Thigpen drums.

*"Nightmare" was co-composed by Len Riley, Billy Meyers, and Al Handler.

Under the direction of celebrated New Orleans violinist and band-leader Charles Elgar, "Elgar's Creole Orchestra" would attend their first and only recording session during September of 1926. Held in Chicago the day's effort would produce a total of six 'usable' sides for the Brunswick and Vocalion labels.

Of particular interest the first chair cornet is thought to be the legendary Manuel Perez.

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