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Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five
The 1928 version of this band featured the same personnel as Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven records. Their recordings are generally considered to be among Louis Armstrong’s best. The song A Weather Bird is a duet with pianist Earl Hines and is one of the outstanding recordings of the 1920s.

Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five
Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five left to right – Zutty Singleton, Mancy Cara, Jimmy Strong, Fred Robinson, Louis Armstrong, Gene Anderson.

The 1929 version of Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five was really the Luis Russell Orchestra with the addition of Eddie Condon and Lonnie JohnsonArmstrong would later front the Luis Russell Orchestra and it would become known as the Louis Armstrong Orchestra in 1934. The group was named after the Savoy Ballroom at South Parkway and East 47th Street in Chicago.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Weather Bird
(Louis Armstrong)
12-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
41454
Beau Koo Jack
(Alex Hill / Louis Armstrong / Walter Melrose)
12-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8680
Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya
(Louis Armstrong)
12-12-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8649
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby (A)
(From – Blackbirds of 1928)

(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
3-5-1929 New York, New York Jazum 8
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby
(From – Blackbirds of 1928)

(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
3-5-1929 New York, New York Okeh
8669
Mahogany Hall Stomp
(Spencer Williams)
3-5-1929 New York, New York Okeh
8680
No One Else But You
(Don Redman)
12-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8669
Save It Pretty Mama
(Don Redman / J. Davis / P. Dennicker)
12-5-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8657
St. James Infirmary
(J. Primrose)
12-12-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8657
Tight Like This
(Langston Curl)
12-12-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8649

Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five

Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Cornet, Vocals
Mancy Carr Banjo, Vocals
Eddie Condon Banjo
Pops Foster Bass
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes Alto Saxophone
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Albert Nicholas Clarinet
Earl Hines Piano
Don Redman Clarinet
Fred Robinson Trombone
Luis Russell Piano
Zutty Singleton Drums
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone

 

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