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Unfortunately, this was the only record that Fate Marable made, and our only opportunity to hear what this important band really sounded like. Fate Marable conducted bands on the Strekfus river boat lines that featured many of the great Jazz musicians of the 1920s like Louis ArmstrongBaby and Johnny DoddsZutty SingletonKing OliverJohnny St. CyrTommy Ladnier and Pops Foster to name a few. This is the first record that Zutty Singleton ever appeared on.

Fate Marable's Orchestra Streckfus Steamer SS Capital
Fate Marable’s Orchestra aboard Streckfus Steamers’ steamboat the “”S.S. Capitol””, New Orleans, Louisiana: Louis Armstrong, cornet; Johnny St. Cyr, banjo; David Jones, sax; Norman Mason, sax; Norman Brashear, trombone; Baby Dodds, drums; Boyd Atkins, violin. Circa-1920. (Louisiana State Museum)

Also see: Fate Marable, Louis Armstrong, and the Big River




Recording Date

Recording Location

Frankie And Johnny
(Sheilds / Leighton)
3-16-1924New Orleans, LouisianaOkeh
(Roy Bargy)
3-16-1924New Orleans, LouisianaOkeh



Bert BaileyClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sidney DesvignesTrumpet
Harvey LankfordTrombone
Henry KimballBass
Narvin KimballBanjo, Guitar
Fate MarablePiano, Conductor
Zutty SingletonDrums
Walter ThompsonTenor and Baritone Saxophone
Amos WhiteTrumpet

Jazz On The River, by William Howland Kenney, University Of Chicago Press, 2005


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