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Louis Armstrong and his Sebastian New Cotton Club OrchestraIn July of 1930 Louis Armstrong moved to California and “fronted” the Les Hite’s Orchestra. It was renamed Louis Armstrong’s Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra, after a club on Washington Blvd. in Culver City, California where the band played. Armstrong’s engagement there was a great success and he stayed at the nightclub until March of 1931.

While in California, Louis and drummer Vic Berton, and Frank Driggs were busted by undercover cops for smoking a marijuana cigarette in the parking lot of the club. Louis spent nine days in jail for this misdemeanor. The band also featured a young Lionel Hampton on drums and vibes. “If I Could Be With You” is one of Armstrong’s greatest recordings, his vocals and trumpet playing are truly touching. Songs like this make it easy to understand why Louis Armstrong is considered to be one of the world’s most beloved artists.

ddd discography

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Body And Soul
(From “Three’s A Crowd”)

(Edward Heyman / John Green / Rob Sour)
10-9-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
CONFESSIN’ That I Love You
(Al Neiburg / Doc Dougherty / Ellis Reynolds)
8-19-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
If I Could Be With You
(One Hour To-Night)

(Henry Creamer / James P. Johnson)
8-19-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
I’m A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
(Phil Baxter)
7-21-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
I’m In The Market For You
(From Motion Picture “High Society Blues”)

(Hanley / McCarthy)
7-21-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
Just A Gigolo
(Leonello Casucci / Irving Caesar)
3-9-1931Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
Memories Of You
(From “Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1930”)

(Eubie Blake / Andy Razaf)
10-16-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
(Ford Dabney / Lew Brown / Cecil Mack)
3-9-1931Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
Sweethearts On Parade
(Carmen Lombardo / Charles Newman)
12-23-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaVocalion
The Peanut Vendor
(Moisés Simons)
12-23-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
You’re Lucky To Me
(From “Lew Lesilie’s Blackbirds of 1930”)

(Eubie Blake / Andy Razaf)
10-16-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh
You’re Driving Me Crazy
(What Did I Do?)

(Walter Donaldson)
12-23-1930Los Angeles, CaliforniaOkeh

Louis ArmstrongTrumpet, Vocals
Joe BaileyTuba, Bass
Lawrence BrownTrombone
Harvey BrooksPiano
Ceele BurkeBanjo, Guitar
Leon ElkinsTrumpet
William FranzTenor Saxophone
Luther GravenTrombone
Lionel HamptonDrums, Vibes
Les HiteAlto and Baritone Saxophone
Leon HerrifordAlto Saxophone
Charlie JonesClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Reggie JonesTuba
Marv JohnsonAlto Saxophone
George OrendorffTrumpet
Bill PerkinsBanjo, Guitar
Henry PrincePiano
Willie StarkAlto Saxophone
Harold ScottTrumpet


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