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Rudy Wiedoeft & Benny Krueger


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"Two 1920's Saxophone Giants"


In this rare 1932 film clip from "Rambling 'Round Radio Row" famous 1920's reed-men Rudy Wiedoeft (c-melody sax) and Benny Krueger (piano & alto sax) have some fun with their saxophones.

Rudy Wiedoeft was already known as a virtuoso saxophonist by the 1910's and made over 300 recordings for a variety of record labels doing much to popularize the saxophone as an instrument in both the U.S. and overseas. His instrument of choice was the c-melody saxophone, a variety which was immensely popular from the 1910's up until the U.S. stock market crash of 1929. Rudy was also the brother of ill-fated West Coast cornetist Herb Wiedoeft.

Benny Krueger first became known to Jazz listeners when he was chosen by the Victor Talking Machine Company to appear on all "Original Dixieland Jazz Band" recordings made between 1920 and 1921 despite Nick LaRocca's strong objection. His addition to the group was the label's attempt to update the band's sound by mirroring the practices of other popular orchestras of the day.

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