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Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band
These sessions feature the great Ma Rainey accompanied by many of the best African-American jazz musicians of the 1920s. All of the New York sessions feature members of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, which in 1924 included Louis Armstrong. The Chicago sessions feature such greats as Johnny Dodds and Kid Ory, The sessions were released under the names of either Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band or as Ma Rainey and her Georgia Band.

Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band
Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band – 1924-1925 – Left to Right: “Gabriel”, Albert Wynn, Dave Nelson, Ma Rainey, Ed Pollack, Thomas A. Dorsey.

Jazzology.com owns the rights to Paramount Records and has available several collections of Ma Rainey material.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Army Camp Harmony Blues
(Ma Rainey / Hooks Tilford)
5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12284-A
Bessemer Bound Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12374-A
Big Boy Blues
(Ma Rainey)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12548
Blues Oh Blues
(Ma Rainey)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12566-A
Blues The World Forgot
(Part 1)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12647-A
Blues The World Forgot
(Part 2)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12647-B
Booze And Blues
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
10-15-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12242-A
Broken Hearted Blues
(Ma Rainey)
3-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12364-A
Broken Soul Blues
(Tiny Parham)
6-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12384-A
Cell Bound Blues
(Ma Rainey)
10-16-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12257-A
Chain Gang Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey / Palmer)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12338
Countin’ The Blues
(Ma Rainey)
10-16-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12238-A
Damper Down Blues
(Ma Rainey)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12548
Down In The Basement
(Tiny Parham)
6-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12395
Explaning The Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12284-B
Fore Day Hon’ry Scat
(Ma Rainey / McOwens)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12303-B
Georgia Cake Walk
(K. Mills)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12590-B
Gone Daddy Blues
(Ma Rainey)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12526-B
Goodbye Daddy Blues
(Ma Rainey)
5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12290-B
Jealous Hearted Blues
(Lovie Austin)
10-15-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12252-A
Jealously Blues
(Glasco / Glasco)
3-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12364-B
Jelly Bean Blues
(Ma Rainey / Lena Arant)
10-16-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12238-B
Lawd Send Me A Man Blues
(Ma Rainey)
3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12227-B
Levee Camp Moan
(Bert Houze)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12295-B
Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues
(Ma Rainey)
5-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12290-A
“Ma” Rainey’s Black Bottom
(Ma Rainey)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12590-A
Memphis Bound Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12311
Moonshine Blues
(Ma Rainey)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12603-A
New Bo-Weevil Blues
(Lovie Austin)
12-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12603-B
Night Time Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12303-A
Oh My Babe Blues
(Ma Rainey / Whitfield)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12332-B
Oh Papa Blues
(Herbert / Russell)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12566-B
Rough And Tumble Blues
(Ma Rainey)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12311
See See Rider Blues
(Ma Rainey / Lena Arant)
10-15-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12252-B
Seeking Blues
(Lesilie McCallister)
3-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12352-B
Sissy Blues
(Ma Rainey)
6-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12384-B
Slave To The Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12332-A
Slow Driving Moan
(Ma Rainey)
8-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12526-A
South Bound Blues
(Tom Delaney)
3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12227-A
Soon This Morning
(Ma Rainey / Smith)
11-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12438-A
Stack O’ Lee Blues
(Jasper Taylor / Williams)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12357-A
Stormy Sea Blues
(Ma Rainey / Thomas A. Dorsey)
8-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12295-A
Titanic Man Blues
(Ma Rainey / Williams)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12374-B
Toad Frog Blues
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
10-15-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12242-B
Weepin’ Woman Blues
(Ma Rainey / Smith)
11-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12455
Wringing And Twisting Blues
(P.Carter)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12338
Ya-Da-Do
(Lovie Austin)
3-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12257-B
Yonder Comes The Blues
(Ma Rainey)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12357-B

Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band

Artist Instrument
Lovie Austin Piano
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Rip Bassett Banjo
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Happy Bolton Drums, Chimes
Jimmy Blythe? Piano
Lucian Brown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tom Brown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Soprano Saxophone
Shirley Clay Cornet
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Charlie Green Trombone
Coleman Hawkins Bass Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Lil Henderson Piano
Kid Henderson Cornet
Hommer Hobson Cornet
Kid Ory Trombone
Tommy Ladnier Cornet
Jimmy O’Bryant Clarinet
Tiny Parham? Piano
Ma Rainey Vocals
Ben Thigpen Drums
Hooks Tilford Alto Saxophone
George Williams Banjo
B.T. Wingfield Cornet
Albert Wynn Trombone
Bernie Young Cornet
unknown Percussion

 

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