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Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)

Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)Percussionist and xylophonist Jimmy Bertrand moved to Chicago in 1913 and played in the State Theatre Orchestra before joining Erskine Tate’s Vendome Orchestra from 1918 to 1928. He also did a great deal of teaching in the 1920s.

His pupils included Lionel Hampton and Big Sid Catlett. He often worked with pianist Jimmy Blythe who was the musical director of Jimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards.

Bertrand went on to play with Doc Cooke and Lee Collins. He led his own band in Chicago in the 1930s and early 1940s, and then retired from music and worked in a meat packing plant. Jimmy Bertrand was the brother of Mabel Bertrand a Chicago show girl and the wife of Jelly Roll Morton from 1928 until his death.

Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)

Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)
Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Easy Come Easy Go Blues
(Roy Bergere)
5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1100
47th Street Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
9-16-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1060
If You Wanna Be My Sugar Papa
(A. Wayne / Irving Mills / Bob Schaffer)
5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1099
I’m Going Hunting
(J.C. Johnson / Thomas Waller)
5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1099
Idle Hour Special
(Jimmy Blythe)
9-16-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1060
Isabella
(Punch Miller)
4-25-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1280
I Won’t Give You None
(Jimmy Blythe)
4-25-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1280
Little Bits
(Jimmy Blythe)
5-29-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1035
Struggling
(Jimmy Blythe)
5-29-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1035
The Blues Stampede
(Irving Mills)
5-28-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1100

 

Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960)

Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Jimmy Bertrand Washboard, Wood Blocks
Jimmy Blythe Piano
Junie Cobb Clarinet
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Natty Dominique Cornet

 

 

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