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    Royal Garden blues-McPartland

    bob erwig

    by bob erwig

    Royal Garden Blues McPartland 1954

    The Jazz Dance. 1954
    Roger Tilton wrote (what little there is in this mostly unrehearsed short), directed and produced this short subject shot in the Central Plaza Dance Hall in New York City. It is a frenzied, naturalistic study of people finding an outlet through jazz sessions. Some "Beat Generations" elements for those looking for such.

    Unfortunately there is very little to see of the actual musicians.
    It looks like a typical gig for the New York boys. Hopefully the money was good.
    Jimmy McPartland on trumpet, Pee Wee Russell clarinet, Jimmy Archey trombone, Willy the Lion Smith piano, Pops Foster bass and George Wettling drums.
    Even though the sound recording part is limited in quality, it is in a way a part of jazz history and special to see Pops Foster playing, his fingering and slapping.