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Blue Ribbon Syncopators
Blue Ribbon SyncopatorsIn the 1920s, the top African-American band in Buffalo, NY was the Blue Ribbon Syncopators. They recorded in their hometown for Okeh Records in 1925, and two years later travelled as an augmented unit to the second biggest city in their home state, New York, to record electrically for Columbia Records. They were friends with the Yankee Six (aka the Buffalodians) and a young Harold Arlen (composer of “Get Happy” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) even “M C’d” for them a few times according to the papers – substantiated by the fact that they recorded his composition “My Gal, My Pal” for Okeh. Their sound was similar to Curtis Mosby’s Blue Blowers from LA, but also had a distinctive Great Lakes toughness. Their banjoist, Gil Roberts later had a career with Josephine Baker.  — by Colin Hancock

A special thanks to James Gallup for his help with the recordings on this page.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Blues In A Minor
(Harry Tate)
3-1925 Buffalo, New York Okeh
40349-A
Blue Ribbon Blues
(Harold Diemer)
4-29-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14235-D
Memphis Sprawler
(Joe Tarto)
4-29-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14215-D
My Gal, My Pal
(H. Arluck / H. Cheiffetz)
3-1925 Buffalo, New York Okeh
40349-B
Scratch
(Harold Diemer)
4-29-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14215-D
Whale Dip
(Harold Diemer)
4-29-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14235-D

Blue Ribbon Syncopators

Artist Instrument
George West Piano
Willard Brown Tenor Saxophone
Ted Colon Trumpet
Hurley Diemer Drums
Ted Diemer Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Roberts Banjo
Harry Tate Trumpet
Seymour Todd Bass Brass, String Bass

 

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