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Morrison's Jazz Orchestra
columbia-A2945This early African-American Jazz record was released on the flip side of a Ted Lewis’ record “Somehow Fox-Trot“. George Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra was from Denver, Colorado. The band was a popular vaudeville attraction and played a long residency at the Albany Hotel in Denver during the 1920s. Morrison was billed as the “Black Paul Whiteman”. Whiteman was also originally from Denver.

Morrison’s Jazz Orchestra also recorded three takes of “Royal Garden Blues” (matrix 79097) for Columbia on April 2, 1920, but none of these recordings were issued. Morrison himself did not record until March of 1950 for the Denver-based Hum records.

Thanks to Al Simmons and Uncle Dave Lewis for their help with this page.

ddd discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
I Know Why
(Introducing My Cuban Dreams)

(Davis / Morgan / Warshauer)
4-13-1920 New York, New York Columbia A2945

Morrison's Jazz Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Culbert Byrd Alto Saxophone
Ed Carwell Trombone
Leo Davis Trumpet
Andy Kirk Tenor Saxophone
Mary E. Kirk or Jesse Andrews or Desdemona Davis Piano
Jimmy Lunceford Alto Saxophone, Violin
Eugene Montgomery Drums
George Morrison Violin, Leader
Lee Morrison Banjo

 

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