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Charlie Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs


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Charlie Creath
Plays Sidney Bechet


This side featuring Charlie Creath and his band the "Jazz-O-Maniacs" was recorded in St. Louis, Missouri during March of 1924 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, Cranston Hamilton or Burroughs Lovingood piano, Pete Patterson banjo, Cecil White bass, and Floyd Campbell drums.

*"Pleasure Mad" was composed by Sidney Bechet.

It has since become a widely performed standard played by many.

Charlie Creath was a legendary figure in St Louis who got his start touring with circuses and traveling shows during the early part of the 20th Century. After his return from a life on the road in 1919 he began working as a bandleader exclusively on the Streckfus company's riverboats traveling on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Louis. Bands under Creath's leadership would prove to be immensely popular. In fact they were in such high demand that at one time the trumpeter had several operating under his name simultaneously. In 1927 he even co-led an Orchestra on the S.S. Capitol with another legendary riverboat bandleader named Fate Marable.

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