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Cotton Club Orchestra
The Cotton Club Orchestra was the name that the Missourians used when playing at the Cotton Club which was located on the second floor of 644 Lexington at the corner of West 142nd Street in New York. The band would go on to be paired with Cab Calloway and ultimately they became Calloway’s band.

St Louis Cotton Club Band 1925
St. Louis Cotton Club Band. Photograph by Block Brothers Studio, ca. 1925. Missouri History Museum. 

When Andy Preer died in 1927 the Cotton Club sought a replacement band. King Oliver was first offered the gig but turned it down, and the engagement was then offered to Duke Ellington. One additional record was released by the Cotton Club Orchestra as Andy Preer and the Cotton Club Orchestra.

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

ddd discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Charleston Ball
(Donald Heywood)
11-10-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14113-D

141256-1
Down And Out Blues
(Arthur Sizemore)
1-6-1925 New York, New York Columbia
287-D

141224-1
Everybody Stomp!
(Elmer Schoebel)
11-10-1925 New York, New York Columbia
14113-D

140224-1
Original Two-Time Man
(Walter Donaldson / Richard Whiting)
3-31-1925 New York, New York Columbia
374-D

140475-5
Riverboat Shuffle
(Dick Voynow / Hoagy Carmichael / Irving Mills)
4-27-1925 New York, New York Columbia
374-D

140556-2
Snag ‘Em Blues
(Perry Bradford)
1-6-1925 New York, New York Columbia
287-D

140225-1

Cotton Club Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Andrew Brown Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Cooper Trumpet
Sidney de Paris Trumpet
R.Q. Dickerson Trumpet
David Jones Alto Saxophone
Eli Logan Alto Saxophone
Leroy Maxey Drums
Louis Metcalf Trumpet
Andy Preer Violin Leader
Earres Prince Piano
Jimmy Smith Bass Brass
Charlie Stamps Banjo
Walter Thomas Alto Saxophone
DePriest Wheeler Trombone

 

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