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Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band

Jimmy Durante's Jazz and Novelty Band - 1918
Jimmy Durante’s Jazz and Novelty Band – 1918 Left to Right: Johnny Stein, Achille Baquet, Frank Christian, Frank Lotak, Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante's Jazz BandThis band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that Achille Baquet was an African-American, but passed for White and played for mainly White bands in New Orleans, including Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance Orchestra. His brother George Baquet was a member of the Original Creole Orchestra and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. The band also recorded under the names of the Original New Orleans Jazz Band and New Orleans Jazz Band.

Thanks to Al Simmons for the recording on this page.

Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Why Cry Blues
(Jimmy Durante / Achille Baquet)
5-1920 New York, New York Gennett

Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band

Artist Instrument
Achille Baquet Clarinet
Frank Christian Cornet
Jimmy Durante Piano
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