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Wild Man Blues

Red Allen & His
All Star Band


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Henry "Red" Allen
(January 7th 1906 - April 17th 1967)


In a performance from CBS TV's "The Sound of Jazz" originally aired in 1957, Henry "Red" Allen trumpet, is accompanied by his "All Star Band" consisting of Rex Stewart cornet, Vic Dickenson trombone, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Coleman Hawkins tenor sax, Nat Pierce piano, Danny Barker guitar, Milt Hinton bass, and Jo Jones drums.

*"Wild Man Blues" was composed by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton.

Born in Algiers, Louisiana in 1906 (or possibly 1908 ?), Henry "Red" Allen Jr. took early lessons on the trumpet from Manuel Manetta and Peter Bocage.

The son of prominent New Orleans bandleader Henry Allen Sr., he first left New Orleans in 1926 to play with "Sidney Desvigne's Southern Syncopaters" on the riverboat Island Queen in St. Louis.

He joined King Oliver the following year (in 1927) just in time to travel with him to New York City on his band's ill fated "Dixie Syncopators" tour.

A short time later when the Oliver band dissolved "Red" used the opportunity to make his first recordings with Clarence Williams in addition to several others for Victor in 1929 under his own name, before becoming a permanent member of the "Luis Russell Orchestra".

Red Allen remained with Luis Russell until 1933 when he moved on to work with "Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra" a partnership that would culminate in tremendous acclaim.

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