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Lopez and Hamilton's Kings of Harmony Orchestra
One does not normally associate Vincent Lopez with Jazz, but at the outset of his career, he co-led with clarinetist Billy Hamilton a successful five-piece Jazz band at the Tokio Cafe in New York. Emulating the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, even down to the titles chosen for recording, they turn in a creditable performance on “Bluin’ The Blues“, taken here from the rare take A.

Lopez and Hamilton's Kings of Harmony Orchestra
Lopez and Hamilton’s Kings of Harmony Orchestra left to right: Tommy Gott, Tony White, Billy Hamilton, Vincent Lopez, Harold Geiser.

At the same session, they also recorded the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s “Dixieland One-Step” (entered in the Edison daybook simply as “Dixieland”), but this title was unissued, the Edison files giving the reason as “Unable to gain copyright approval.” This was undoubtedly because the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s composition was the subject of a legal case, as the third strain was lifted from Joe Jordan’s “Teasin’ Rag”, and our thanks are due to The Edison National Historical Site and to Joe Moore, who made a tape from a test pressing on a visit to the site.

by John R.T. Davies
(from the liner notes of Ragtime To Jazz 2 1916 – 1922 on Timeless Records) If you would like to order the Timeless Records’ CD of Ragtime To Jazz 2 1916 – 1922 you can do so direct from Timeless Records.

Thanks to Dominic Combe and Robert English for the other recording on this page. 

Also See:

Vincent Lopez and His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra (1922-1924)

Vincent Lopez and his Casa Lopez Orchestra (1925-1928)

Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra (1921-1961)

Vincent Lopez and his Hotel St. Regis Orchestra  (1934)

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Afghanistan
(William Wilander / Harry Donnelly)
2-3-1920 New York, New York Edison
50658-L
Blue Amberol
4043
Bluin’ The Blues (C)
(Henry Ragas)
1-9-1920 New York, New York Edison
50562
Blue Amberol
4044
Bluin’ The Blues (A)
(Henry Ragas)
1-9-1920 New York, New York Edison
50562
Blue Amberol
4044
Bo-La-Bo
(George Fairman)
2-5-1920 New York, New York Edison
50649-L
Blue Amberol
4020
Dixieland One-Step
(J. Russel Robinson / Nick LaRocca / Joe Jordan)
1-9-1920 New York, New York Edison
(unissued)
Patches
(Lee S. Roberts / Callahan)
2-3-1920 New York, New York Edison
50650-R
Blue Amberol
3989
Peggy
(Neil Moret)
1-9-1920 New York, New York Edison
50648-L
Blue Amberol
4006

Lopez and Hamilton's Kings of Harmony Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Harold Geiser Trombone
Tommy Gott Trumpet
Billy Hamilton Clarinet
Vincent Lopez Piano, Leader
Tony White Drums

 

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