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Club Alabam Orchestra
Feat. Coleman Hawkins
Recorded in New York City on May 21st 1924 featuring Elmer Chambers and Howard Scott trumpet, Teddy Nixon trombone, Don Redman clarinet, alto sax, & oboe, Coleman Hawkins tenor & bass sax, Allie Ross violin, Fletcher Henderson piano & director, Charlie Dixon banjo, and Kaiser Marshall drums.
*"Strutter's Drag" was composed by C.G. Coleman and Charles Warfield.
Before making history at the Roseland Ballroom, "Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra" played at the Club Alabam on West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York for about six months in 1923 and 1924. It was during this period that Coleman Hawkins the band's tenor saxophonist began to experiment with playing a bass instrument. Although he never became very accomplished (at least by his own standards), the bass saxophone was a welcome addition to the assembly; bringing a much needed depth to every performance.
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