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Buddy Bolden's Blues

Jelly Roll Morton


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This record was produced in New York City on December 16th 1939 featuring Sidney de Paris trumpet, Claude Jones trombone, Sidney Bechet soprano sax, Happy Caldwell tenor sax, Jelly Roll Morton piano & vocals, Lawrence Lucie guitar, Wellman Braud string bass, Zutty Singleton drums.

*"Buddy Bolden's Blues" is Buddy Bolden's only surviving composition.

Buddy Bolden formed his band in 1895 and by 1900 had become a something of a local folk hero praised by everyone for his innovative blues favoring improvisations.

Lavishly dressed and escorted by a group of beautiful women, one of whom carried his horn, "King" Bolden would arrive to play for dances at a variety of locations throughout New Orleans.

The song "Buddy Bolden's Blues" (aka "Funky Butt") was a theme song that Bolden often performed to announce himself.

One establishment in particularly the Union Sons Hall, dubbed the "Funky Butt Hall" in his honor, served as a home base for his musical activities.

The toughest of the places he frequented, dances at the rough-and-tumble club lasted until morning.

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