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Papa Skag Stomp

Reuben "River" Reeves
& His River Boys


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Feat. Omer Simeon


This recording was made in Chicago on June 19th 1929 featuring "Texas" scat vocals, Reuben "River" Reeves trumpet & leader, Gerald Reeves trombone, Omer Simeon clarinet & alto sax, Jimmy Prince piano, Harry Gray banjo & guitar, and Jasper Taylor drums.

*"Papa Skag Stomp" was composed by Reuben Reeves.

Beginning his career playing in the Mid West trumpeter Reuben "River" Reeves moved to New York in 1924 before relocating to Chicago the following year. There he worked as a member of the big jazz bands of both Erskine Tate in 1926 and Fess Williams from 1928 until 1930. In the late 1920's Reuben Reeves became the leader of his own group recorded under with assemblies billed as his "Tributaries" and his "River Boys" with featured sidemen including his brother, trombonist Gerald Reeves and clarinetist Omer Simeon.

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