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Elgars Creole Orchestra
Violinist Charles Elgar (June 13, 1879 – August 1973) left New Orleans in 1913 and moved to Chicago. He organized several bands that played in and around the Chicago area in the 1920s. These recordings are of the band that he led at the Wisconsin Roof Gardens in Milwaukee from 1925 to 1927 and they were really quite swinging.

Elgars Creole Orchestra
Elgar’s Creole Orchestra – standing Charles Elgar, left to right Leroy Bradshaw, William Shelby, Walter Wright, Walter Gossette, William Neely, William Randall, Bert Hall, Harry Swift, Richard Curry, Joe Sudler, Clifford King, Darnell Howard

The cornet team is thought to be “Joe Sudler and Emmanuel Perez” and if that is the case, then these are the only known recordings of New Orleans cornet legend Manuel Perez.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Brotherly Love
(Billy Meyers / Elmer Schobel)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
3404-B
Vocalion
15478 A
Cafe Capers
(Mel Stitzel)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 15477

E-3840
Cafe Capers
(Mel Stitzel)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 15477

E-3841
Nightmare
(Handler / Riley / Meyers)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
3404-A

E-3836
Nightmare
(Handler / Riley / Meyers)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 15478

E-3837
When Jenny Does Her Low-Down Dance
(Rose)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
B 15477

Elgars Creole Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Lawson Buford Bass
Charles Elgar Violin
Darnell Howard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Manuel Perez Cornet
Bill Shelby Banjo
Joe Sudler Cornet
Harry Swift Trombone
Ben Thigpen Drums, Vocals
Logan Thomas Piano
unknown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

 

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