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)
|Title||Recording Date||Recording Location||Company|
|I’ve Found A New Baby
(Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams)
|2-3-1927||New York, New York||Gennett
|Andrew Brown||Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone|
|Davey Jones||Clarinet, Alto Saxophone|
|George Scott||Clarinet, Alto Saxophone|