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Muggsy Spanier & His Ragtimers


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Feat. Pee Wee Russell


This tune was recorded by trumpet player Muggsy Spanier and his band the "Ragtimers" in New York City during April 1944. In addition to Muggsy Spanier on trumpet this band also included: Miff Mole trombone, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Eddie Condon guitar, and Bob Haggart bass sax.

*"September in the Rain" was composed by Harry Warren, with words written by Al Dubin.

After beginning his jazz career in his hometown of Chicago during the early 1920's as a member of the "Bucktown Five", Francis "Muggsy" Spanier relocated to New York City where he would join the band of Ted Lewis and later work two years with the "Ben Pollack Orchestra".

Then in 1929 at the very height of his career a serious illness threatened to snatch it all away for good. Luckily after years of musical inactivity Muggsy was eventually able to return to the spotlight; assembling his "Rag-timers" an eight piece band whose 1939 recordings were partially responsible for launching the dixieland jazz revival.

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