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Andy Preer and the Cotton Club Orchestra
Andy Preer’s Cotton Club Orchestra was billed that way to promote Preer’s regular place of work. Actually, the group was the Missourians, who later teamed up with Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club and ultimately became Cab’s band.Andy Preer and the Cotton Club Orchestra

It was Preer’s death in 1927 which caused the Cotton Club to seek a replacement band. King Oliver turned down an offer and the plum engagement went to Duke Ellington. The Missourians were deliberately “country” and tried not to take on the sophisticated Harlem ways. But there were excellent musicians on board.

Reedman Andy Brown later became a leading music teacher in New York City. The interesting sax section work on I’ve Found A New Baby seems to have an innovative tenor lead at one point. It may be the arranging work of Davey Jones, a talented multi-instumentalist and composer.

by Richard B. Hadlock (from the liner notes of Harlem Big Bands on Timeless Records)

If you would like to order the Timeless Records’ CD of Harlem Big Bands you can do so direct from Timeless Records.


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
I’ve Found A New Baby
(Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams)
2-3-1927New York, New YorkGennett


Andrew BrownClarinet, Tenor Saxophone
R.Q. DickersonTrumpet
Davey JonesClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Leroy MaxeyDrums
Earres PrincePiano
Andy PreerDirector
George ScottClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy SmithTuba
Charley StampsBanjo
Lamar WrightTrumpet
DePriest WheelerTrombone


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