A fine supportive bass player in Dixieland settings, Gene Mayl was most significant as a leader of stimulating and hard-swinging bands that went under the name of the Dixieland Rhythm Kings. He founded the group in 1948, and they were active into the 1990s. Mayl spent 1948 and 1949 in France during which time he played with Claude Luter, Don Byas and Claude Bolling. In addition to his own groups, Mayl played with many trad jazz all-stars including Bob Scobey, Muggsy Spanier, Billy Maxted, Wild Bill Davison and George Brunies. For many years he was a major force in the Dixieland movement of the Midwest. Mayl and his Dixieland Rhythm Kings made many recordings including Audiophile, Jazzology and Fat Cat's Jazz.
In this clip we see Gene with the following band: Famous cornettist Ernie Carson, usually with the Salty Dogs Kim Cusack clarinet and vocal, Hans Kuenzel trombone, the outstanding pianist John Ulrich on piano and Ken Hall playing drums