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Jack Pettis & His Band


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This recording was produced in New York City on March 23rd 1926 featuring Ben Bernie violin & director, Donald Bryan and Bill Moore trumpets, Frank Sarlo trombone, Norman Ronemous and Len Kavash clarinet & alto sax, Jack Pettis clarinet, c-melody, & tenor sax, Oscar Levant piano, Paul Nito banjo & violin, Max Rosen tuba, and Sam Fink drums.

*"Up And At 'Em" was composed by Jack Pettis and Al Goering.

This group was actually the "Ben Bernie Orchestra" fronted by their star saxophonist Jack Pettis who had joined the band in 1924. He had began recording with them as leader by 1926 and over the next couple of years directed his own groups in addition to being a sideman for the likes of "Irving Mills' Hotsy Totsy Gang" and the "Whoopee Makers". One the reedman's multiple contributions to the jazz repertoire was this hot dance number that would be recorded by the "California Ramblers" in August of the same year.

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