Riverside Blues - King Oliver 1923

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Riverside Blues – King Oliver 1923

It is generally accepted among jazz connoiseurs that Joe “King” Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band was the finest Negro jazz band ever to make public appearances. With relatively few changes in personnel, it functioned brilliantly and very succesfully at the Royal Gardens in Chicago for about 6 years between 1918 and 1924. All their recordings were made in 1923.
We listen here to the “Riverside Blues” recorded on October 26, 1923 on the Okeh label and this of course is a collecors item
Next to King Oliver on cornet, we also hear Louis Armstrong cornet, Johnny Dodds clarinet, Honore Dutray trombone, Lil Hardin piano, Johnny St. Cyr banjo and Baby Dodds drums.
I have enjoyed, listened and learned very much from this recording. I have played the tune in many different bands since my early days in jazz in the fifties until now and I hope in this way to bring it to a large number of old and hopefully new fans!

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