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"The Clown Prince Of Jazz"


This recording was made in New York City on September 27th 1927 featuring Bob Huff and Gerald Miller trumpet, Ted Willis trombone, Jack Crawford clarinet, alto, soprano sax, & leader, Joe Snyder clarinet & tenor sax, Harry Sosnik piano, Joe Bucher banjo, Earl Center bass brass, and Paul McKnight drums. -(For this particular session the band was directed by Jack Crawford and LeRoy Shield.)

*"Hurricane" was composed by Paul Mertz.

Reed-man Jack Crawford organized his first band as a c-melody saxophonist during the mid-1920's. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Paul Whiteman, Crawford differed from his counterpart with comic antics for which he earned the title "The Clown Prince Of Jazz".

Jack Crawford's Orchestra toured the U.S. from coast to coast and became the subject of frequent radio broadcasts. In 1942 he disbanded his large assembly in favor of a quartet.

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