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Ikey Robinson

(July 28th 1904 - October 25th 1990)

Isaac L. Robinson born in Dublin, Virginia in 1904 was a tenor banjoist, guitarist, and singer who settled in Chicago in 1926. There he performed and recorded with artist including 'Georgia' Tom Dorsey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Clarence Williams before joining "Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces" in 1928. Known by the nickname "Banjo Ikey" his innovative playing style would have a lasting impact on the world of jazz. "Banjo" Ikey Robinson was typically a purveyor of blues based hokum as the leader of groups including "The Hokum Trio", "The Pods of Pepper", "Sloke & Ike" and "The Windy City Five".

During the 1970's Ikey would reunite with Jabbo Smith on European tour and also appeared in Terry Zwigoff's 1985 film documentary "Louie Bluie" about mandolinist and fiddler Howard Armstrong.

Videos:

Gambler's Blues (2:47)

Got Butter On It (3:08)

I Had to Give Up Gym (3:05)

I'm Having My Fun (3:02)

It's All Gone Now (3:15)

Jazz Battle (2:46)

My Four Reasons (3:14)

Ready Hokum (3:07)

Take Your Time (2:51)

Toogaloo Shout (2:57)

You've Had Your Way (3:45)

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