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Royal Garden Blues - Billy Poole

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bob erwig

Royal Garden Blues Billy Poole 1960
Today still a standard by most jazz bands, it was initially played by Clarence Williams and his Blue Seven during sessions in the famous large dancehall in Chicago’s famous Royal Gardens in the twenties.
Many years later, Billy Poole, virtually unknown, was certainly influenced by Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues. You see and hear her in this clip with the High Society Jazz Band from France.
It is just amazing how Billie and the band stylewise flow together. A total listening pleasure for the lover of early classic jazz.
The musicians in the band are leader and trombonist Mowli Jospin with Pierre Merlin trumpet, Claude Rabinet trumpet, Pierre Atlan clarinet., Martine Morel piano, Christian Gervais banjo, Raymond Fonseque tuba and Michel Miroux drums.
This is a band that was formed in 1947 and specialized in the very early styles of jazz of the years 1900-1930. They stlll exist today now under the leadership of trombonist Daniel Barda (since 1968) See their new album at