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Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra
Paddy Harmon’s Dreamland Ballroom was located on the Near West Side of Chicago at the intersection of Paulina and Van Buren streets. Paddy Harmon’s was a large commercial ballroom and roller skating rink which catered to young working-class whites, and had a generally squeaky-clean reputation.

Doc Cook's Dreamland Ballroom Orchestra in 1925
Doc Cook’s Dreamland Ballroom Orchestra in 1925; left to right: Bert Green, Fred Garland, Andrew Hilaire, Freddie Keppard, Elwood Graham, William Newton, Kenneth Anderson, Jerome Don Pasquall, Jimmie Noone, Doc Cook, Joe Poston, Robert Shelley, Johnny St. Cyr, Clifford King.

Doc Cooke was the conductor and musical director of the Orchestra at Paddy Harmon’s from 1922 to 1927. The band also recorded under the names of Cookie’s Gingersnaps and Doc Cook and his 14 Doctors of Syncopation.


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Brown Sugar
(Harry Barris)
7-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
Here Comes The Hot Tamale Man!
(Rose / Henderson)
7-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
High Fever
(Joe Sanders)
7-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
Lonely Little Wallflower
(Kahn / Simmons)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett
Moanful Man
(Gillespie / Baker / Cook)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett
Scissor Grinder Joe
(Gillespie / Stocco)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett
Sidewalk Blues
(Walter Melrose / Jelly Roll Morton)
12-2-1926 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
Spanish Mama
(Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel)
7-10-1926 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
The Memphis Maybe Man
(Gillespie / Cook / Moll)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett
The One I Love Belongs To Someone Else
(Isham Jones / Gus Kahn)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett
So This Is Venice
(Clark / Lesile / Warren)
1-21-1924 Richmond, Indiana Gennett

Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Jimmy Bell Piano, Violin
Doc Cooke Conductor
Fred Garland Trombone
Elwood Graham Cornet
Tubby Hall Drums
Freddie Keppard Cornet
Clifford King Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmie Noone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Newton Tuba
Jerome Don Pasquall Tenor Saxophone
Joe Poston Alto Saxophone
Stan Wilson Banjo


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