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Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Band


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Feat. Joseph Samuels


This side was recorded in New York City on August 18th 1921 featuring Mamie Smith vocals, Joseph Samuels violin & director, Jules Levy and Julius Berkin trumpets, Ephraim Hannaford trombone, Nathan Glantz clarinet & alto sax, and Larry Briers piano.

*"Sax-O-Phoney Blues" was composed by Milo Rega.

Milo Rega was not a real person but rather a pen name created by combining "F. Wallace Rega", a pseudonym used by publisher Fred Hager, with Justin Ring's alternate identity "Justin Milo."

Joseph Samuels was a beloved figure of the New York music. He played clarinet, saxophone, and violin; often using the latter when directing his bands. His ensemble would serve as accompanists to Mamie Smith billed simply as her "Jazz Band" on her Okeh records made during August and September of 1921.

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