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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

This 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.

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Why Cry Blues
(Jimmy Durante / Achille Baquet)
5-1920New York, New YorkGennett

Achille BaquetClarinet
Frank ChristianCornet
Jimmy DurantePiano
Frank LhotakTrombone


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