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Wild Man Blues

Red Allen & His
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Henry "Red" Allen
(January 7th 1906 - April 17th 1967)

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In a performance from CBS TV's "The Sound of Jazz" originally aired in 1957, Henry "Red" Allen trumpet, is accompanied by his "All Star Band" consisting of Rex Stewart cornet, Vic Dickenson trombone, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Coleman Hawkins tenor sax, Nat Pierce piano, Danny Barker guitar, Milt Hinton bass, and Jo Jones drums.

*"Wild Man Blues" was composed by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton.

Born in Algiers, Louisiana in 1906 (or possibly 1908 ?), Henry "Red" Allen Jr. took early lessons on the trumpet from Manuel Manetta and Peter Bocage.

The son of prominent New Orleans bandleader Henry Allen Sr., he first left New Orleans in 1926 to play with "Sidney Desvigne's Southern Syncopaters" on the riverboat Island Queen in St. Louis.

He joined King Oliver the following year traveling to New York on his ill fated "Dixie Syncopators" tour.

When the band dissolved a short time later Red Allen made his first recordings with Clarence Williams and several under his own name for Victor in 1929 before becoming a member of the Luis Russell band.

Red remained with Luis Russell until 1933 when he moved on to work with "Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra".



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