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Lena Wilson and Nubian Five

 

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Recorded in New York City on January 31st 1923 featuring Lena Wilson vocals, accompanied by Phil Napoleon trumpet, Miff Mole trombone, Jimmy Lytell clarinet, Frank Signorelli piano, and Jack Roth drums.

*"Memphis, Tennessee" was written by Perry Bradford.

Lena Wilson's major recordings were made between 1922 and 1924, and again in 1930. She variously worked with the Nubian Five, Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools, Conaway's Rag Pickers, Fletcher Henderson, Johnny Dunn's Jazz Hounds, and with her brother Danny and his wife Edith Wilson. Additionally, she recorded under her own name with an ensemble called the Jazz Hounds, featuring Gus Aiken on trumpet, Garvin Bushell on clarinet, Herb Fleming on trombone, John Mitchell on banjo, and Porter Grainger and Cliff Jackson on piano. Among her most beloved recordings are "Memphis, Tennessee", "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do", "Chiropractor Blues", and "Love Ain't Blind No More."



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