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Charles Ellsworth "Pee Wee" Russell
(March 27th 1906 - February 15th 1969)


This segment was filmed in New York City on December 17th 1963 at Eddie Condon's jazz club on East 56th Street for a TV broadcast featuring Wild Bill Davison cornet, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Willie "The Lion" Smith piano, Eddie Condon tenor guitar & vocals, Helen Ward piano & vocals, and Maury Feld drums.

Set List:

1 "I've Got a Crush on You"
2 "Love is Just Around the Corner"
3 "Struttin' With Some Barbecue"
4 "Confessin'"
5 "Unidentified"
6 "Pee Wee Blues"
7 "Unidentified"

Born in Maplewood, Missouri on March 27th 1906 Charles Ellsworth Russell would become a prominent and well respected dixieland reed player.

Pee Wee began his career in the Chicago area during the early 1920's with Frank Trumbauer and legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, cutting his first records with "Red Nichols' Five Pennies", Miff Mole, the "Arkansas Travelers", the "Charleston Chasers", Carl Fenton, and Cass Hagan in New York City in 1927.

He moved to New York at the onset of the 1930's where he continued performing with musicians including Edmond Hall, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Red Allen, Buster Bailey, Bud Freeman, and Gene Krupa right up until his death in 1969.

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