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King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators


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Feat. Luis Russell


This recording was produced in Chicago on April 21st 1926 with Joe "King" Oliver cornet, Bob Schoffner trumpet, Kid Ory trombone, Albert Nicholas clarinet, soprano, & alto sax, Billy Paige alto sax, Barney Bigard clarinet, soprano, & tenor sax, Luis Russell piano, Bud Scott banjo, Bert Cobb sousaphone, and Paul Barbarin drums.

*"Deep Henderson" was composed by Fred Rose.

The song's title refers to either the Henderson Creek that flows through Henderson County, Illinois or the colored section of the town of Henderson located on the Ohio River.

King Oliver heads his post Armstrong band the "Dixie Syncopators" for a red hot run through a popular dance number also performed and recorded by the "Ipana Troubadors" and "Coon-Sanders Nighthawks".

The 78 rpm recording presented in this video was kindly provided from the personal collection of Brad Kay.

With the break-up of his "Creole Jazz Band" in 1925, "Joe King" Oliver found steady work in Chicago for a time at the Plantation Cafe (located on the corner at 338 East Thirty-fifth and Calumet Streets) as a featured cornetist with the "Dave Peyton Orchestra". Yearning to lead his own band once more King Oliver eventually founded the "Dixie Syncopators" and would continue performing at the Plantation Cafe until 1927 when it burned down. And so hence began the beginning of the end; King Oliver's historically disastrous "Dixie Syncopators" tour, which ended at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City only with the dissolution of the group.

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