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Congo Stomp

Frank Bunch and his
Fuzzy Wuzzies

 

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Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama on August 20th 1927 featuring Hunch Vines trumpet, Joseph Britton trombone, Frank Bunch piano & director, Carl Bunch banjo, and Ivory Johnson bass brass, with unknown soprano sax, clarinet, tenor sax, & drums.

*"Congo Stomp" is credited to _____ Woods. (Thought to be one of the unidentified members of the band the composer's true identity remains a mystery).

This recording was among a handful of rare releases produced by the Gennett label during field recording trips to Birmingham.

Frank Bunch was a local pianist who started his professional career in 1922 as a member of Fred Longshaw's "Birmingham Dance Orchestra". When the Longshaw outfit headed North to New York in 1923 Frank and his banjoist brother Carl remained and continued to be very active the regional jazz scene. They recorded three sides together as the "Fuzzy Wuzzies" at a portable studio run by the Gennett label above the Starr Piano Store on Third Avenue South in Birmingham during a heat wave in the Summer of 1927. In 1929 following a period spent as a member of the "Alabama Stompers", Frank Bunch relocated to to Dayton, Ohio where he is reported to have assembled a ten piece band.



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