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Crazy Quilt

Charlie Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs


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Feat. William Thornton Blue


This side was produced in St. Louis, Missouri on May 2nd 1927 featuring Charlie Creath trumpet & leader, Leonard Davis trumpet, Charlie Lawson trombone, Horace Eubanks, William Thornton Blue, and Sam Long clarinet & alto sax, Williams Rollins tenor sax, Burroughs Lovingood piano, Pete Patterson banjo, Cecil White bass, and Floyd Campbell drums.

*"Crazy Quilt" was written by Andrew Sterling and Paul Van Loan.

St. Louis' own hot trumpet icon Charlie Creath got his start playing with travailing circus shows and theatrical troupes during his teen age years in the early 1900's. The valuable experience he gained during this period helped him climb to the top of the local riverboat scene when he returned to St. Louis in 1919. In fact band's under his leadership proved so popular that he would come to have several operating under his name at once on the Streckfus line traveling the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Louis. While many jazz performers battled it out for bookings in local clubs or took to the road to earn their pay the river boats provided a lucrative and dependable income as well as a means of transit to the St. Louis area for many New Orleans musicians. With such a large local following it would have been nearly impossible of the Okeh mobile recording unit to pass up an opportunity to capture Creath's band during their first pass through St. Louis in 1924.

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