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Miff Mole

(March 11th 1898 - April 29th 1961)

Born in Long Island, New York in 1898, Irving Milfred Mole studied violin and piano during his childhood before switching to the trombone at age fifteen. After spending two years playing with the "Gus Sharp Orchestra" the young musician was well on his way to becoming a key figure on the New York jazz scene. Known professionally as Miff Mole in 1922 he was a founding member of the "Original Memphis Five" and would work in the bands of Ross Gorman, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, and many others. With his frequent collaborator and recording partner trumpeter Red Nichols, Miff formed a jazz band of his own dubbed "Miff Mole & His Little Molers". Miff Mole's style was as original as it was innovative and influenced many other trombonists of his day including Bill Rank, Jimmy Harrison, Tommy Dorsey and even Glenn Miller. Among Miff's signatures were impressive shakes, octave-leaps and rapid-fire cadenzas.

Videos:

Bam-Bam-Bammy Shore (3:17)

Honolulu Blues (2:47)

Hot Aire (3:06)

How Come You Do Me Like You Do? (3:42)

I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa (2:29)

I've Got A Song For Sale (3:30)

Jersey Walk (2:59)

Milenberg Joys (2:53)

Say, Who Is That Baby Doll? (3:13)

She Wouldn't Do (What I Asked Her To) (2:57)

The New Twister (2:58)

What'll You Do? (2:53)

What-Cha-Call-'Em Blues (2:46)

You Took Advantage Of Me (3:21)

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