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Feat. R. Q. Dickerson


Recorded in New York City on June 3rd 1929 featuring Lockwood Lewis director, R. Q. Dickerson and Lamar Wright trumpets, Depriest Wheeler trombone, William Thornton Blue and George Scott clarinet & alto sax, Andrew Brown clarinet & tenor sax, Earres Prince piano, Morris White banjo, Jimmy Smith tuba, and Leroy Maxey drums.

*"Ozark Mountain Blues" was composed by R. Q. Dickerson.

Originally from the Kansas City region this mid-Western band traveled to New York in the mid-1920's appearing regularly at the Cotton Club as "Andy Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra".

Th specialty of "Andy Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra" was a roaring hot uptempo version of the "Tiger Rag" with which they are reported to have won "battle of the bands" contests against top assemblies including the Duke Ellington Band. Following Preer's death in 1927 the band lost their Cotton Club gig to Duke Ellington and for a time were billed as "The Missourians", only to regain some of their former glory as Cab Calloway's first band in 1930.

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