Little Willie Blues – Jabbo Smith/Hot Antic JB 1982
As many of you jazz connoisseurs will know or remember is that Jabbo Smith in the late twenties had a band which recorded on Brunswick Records in straight competition with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five on the Okeh label.
Jabbo and his Rhythm Aces made many 78’s which today are still available on CD.
In the late thirties he dropped out of the public eye for many years playing music part time in Milwaukee with a regular dayjob in a car rental company. He made a come back in the late sixties. Young musicians, fans and record collectors were amazed that he was still alive. He started playing succesfully again with bands and shows and in 1982 Michel Bastide of the Hot AnticJazz Band from the south of France was able to get Jabbo and organized a tour with concerts in France and Italy.
In this concert Jabbo plays Little Willie Blues, a tune he composed and recorded in 1929
Hot Antic Jazz Band consists of Michel Bastide on trumpet and trombone, Jean Francois Bonnel clarinet, Gilles Berrut piano, Jean-Pierre Dubois banjo and Christian Lafevre tuba.