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Froggy Bottom

Andy Kirk & His
Twelve Clouds of Joy


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Feat. Mary Lou Williams


This side was recorded in Kansas City, Missouri on November 11th 1929 featuring Gene Prince and Harry Lawson trumpets, Alan Durham trombone, John Harrington clarinet & alto sax, Lawrence Freeman tenor sax, John Williams alto & baritone sax, Mary Lou Williams piano & arranger, Claude Williams violin, William Dirvin banjo & guitar, Andy Kirk bass sax & director, and Ed McNeil drums.

*"Froggy Bottom" was composed by Mary Lou Williams.

Bass saxophonist, Andy Kirk formed his "Twelve Clouds of Joy" when he assumed control of the "Terrence Holder Orchestra" in 1928. Pianist Mary Lou Williams gained attention performing with the band with her husband, saxophonist John Williams, first appearing on their recordings during November 1929. She joined the band full-time in 1931 continuing to play with them until 1942.

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