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Dewy Jackson’s Peacock Orchestra is one of the few bands on record which actually played on the riverboats which carried Jazz up the Mississippi from its breeding ground in New Orleans. These riverboats, which originally served purely as transport vehicles, gradually became showboats which provided a band for pleasure seekers who went on board for a good time, on the way dancing and drinking, eventually providing a more sophisticated type of Jazz for the White patrons.Dewy Jackson's Peacock Orchestra

Dewy Jackson’s Orchestra was engaged by S.S. Capitol during the 1925-6 season, and the title “Capitol Blues” is a good illustration of the type of Jazz which was played then, mainly by St. Louis musicians – with the exception of Pops Foster.

Taken from the book Recorded Jazz: A Critical Guide by Rex Harris and Brian Rust.

ddd discography

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Capitol Blues
(Dewy Jackson / J.J. Johnson)
6-21-26St. Louis, MissouriVocalion 1040
Go ‘Won To Town
(Dewy Jackson)
6-21-26St. Louis, MissouriVocalion 1039
She’s Crying For Me
(Santo Pecora)
6-21-26St. Louis, MissouriVocalion 1040
What Do You Want Poor Me To Do?
(Floyd Campbell)
6-21-26St. Louis, MissouriVocalion 1039

William Thorton BlueClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Floyd CampbellDrums, Vocals
Cliff CochranClarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Pops FosterBass
Willie HumphreyClarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dewy JacksonCornet, Director
Burroughs LovingoodPiano
William LuperTrombone
Pete RobinsonBanjo
Albert SnaerTrumpet


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