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At The Jazz Band Ball - Early Hot Jazz, Song And Dance
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Description At the Jazz Band Ball brings together some of the greatest hot music, song and dance captured at the height of the jazz age and in the early days of sound film (1925-1933). Included are some of the giants of the period in their very best early performances: Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Orchestra in clips featuring solos and a floor show, and exuberant, youthful Louis Armstrong, Harlem's "Bo Jangles" Robinson doing his famous step dance, Bessie Smith's only screen performance, a rare clip of the Boswell Sisters harmonizing on a Louis Armstrong classic, and an instrumental from the Dorsey Brothers band with superb solos from Tommy and Jimmy. From L.A. based Fowler Studios comes film of radio star Charlie Wellman, Tessie Maize (a featured artist at Frank Sebastian's Cotton Club) and black-faced performer Ruby Darby. Among the many other clips included is an early (1925) De Forest Sound film of Ben Bernie's Orchestra in which under-appreciated reedman Jack Pettis contributes what is probably the first jazz solo on film.

And from the newsreels for the week of May 18, 1928, the title card read: JAZZ KING TEARS UP OLD CONTRACT. On stroke of twelve Paul Whiteman starts his first recording fro Columbia Phonograph Co. ...as Paul Whiteman's Orchestra moved from Victor to Columbia Records. Long considered lost, this newsreel story contains the only appearance of jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke in a sound film as Bix stands up and plays through an ensemble brass passage.

This DVD is encoded for Region 1 (U.S. & Canada only) and will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
Track Listing Get Out And Get Under The Moon - Dorsey Brothers Band (1929)
Old Man Blues - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (1930)
Heebie Jeebies - Boswell Sisters (1931)
Sweet Sue / Tiger Rag - Dance Contest with James Barton, The Harlem Lindy Hoppers, and Chick Webb's Band (1929)
I Cover The Waterfront / Dinah / Tiger Rag - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1933)
My Ohio Home - Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke (1928)
Swanee River - Bill Robinson In His Famous Step Dance (1932)
The Duke Steps Out / Black Beauty / Cotton Club Stomp - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Fredi Washington (1929)
Alabamy Snow - Charlie Wellman (1930)
Chinatown, My Chinatown / High Society - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra (1931)
St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (1929)
Someday Sweetheart - Tessie Maize and Her Darktown Strutters (1930)
Who Is It? Who? / Tommy Christian Stomp - Tommy Christian and His Orchestra (1928)
Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away / Mandy - Unknown Tap Duet with Band (1931)
Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (1925)
Tell The World He's Mine - Ruby Darby (1930)
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Label YAZ - Yazoo
Number 514
Subsidiary Artists: Dorsey Brothers
Duke Ellington
Boswell Sisters
Chick Webb
James Barton
Louis Armstrong
Paul Whiteman
Bix Beiderbecke
Bill Robinson
Charlie Wellman
Bessie Smith
Tessie Maize
Tommy Christian
Ben Bernie
Ruby Darby
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