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George E. Lee and his Novelty Singing Orchestra
George E. Lee led this popular band that was headquartered in Kansas City during the 1920s and early 1930s. Of the Kansas City bands only the Moten band was more popular than Lee’s outfit.George E. Lee and his Novelty Singing Orchestra

Both George and his sister Julia Lee sang in the band and they tended to be more of a vaudeville band than a Jazz band. The group toured a great deal primarily in the Southwest, but also played in Chicago and New York. The band released one other record under the name of Julia Lee with George E. Lee and his Novelty Singing Orchestra. George Lee’s band featured outstanding singers and soloists. Charlie Parker briefly played in one of George Lee’s bands in the 1930s.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Down Home Syncopated Blues 1927 Kansas City, Missouri Meritt
2206-A
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
(Henry Creamer / James P. Johnson)
11-6-1929 Kansas City, Missouri Brunswick
7132
Paseo Strut
(Jesse Stone)
11-6-1929 Kansas City, Missouri Brunswick
7132
Ruff Scufflin’
(Jesse Stone)
11-6-1929 Kansas City, Missouri Brunswick
4684
St. James Infirmary
(Primrose)
11-6-1929 Kansas City, Missouri Brunswick
4684
The Meritt Stomp 1927 Kansas City, Missouri Meritt
2206-B

George E. Lee and his Novelty Singing Orchestra

Artist Instrument
George E. Lee Tenor Saxophone, Director, Vocals
Julia Lee Piano, Accordian, Vocals
Thurston Maupins Trombone
Albert “Bud” Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Jones Trombone
Harold Knox Trumpet
Abe Price Drums
Charles Russo Banjo
Jesse Stone Piano, Arranger, Banjo
Clarence Taylor Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Sam Utterbach Trumpet
Herman Walder Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Clint Weaver Tuba
Pete Woods Drums

 

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