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This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band.

Jimmy Durantes Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917
Jimmy Durante’s Original New Orleans Jazz Band – 1917 Left to Right: Johnny Stein, Frank Christian, Frank Lotak, Jimmy Durante, Achille Baquet

It is interesting to note that Achille Baquet was an African-American, but passed for White and played for mainly White bands in New Orleans, including Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance Orchestra. His brother George Baquet was a member of the Original Creole Orchestra and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. The band also recorded under the names of the Original New Orleans Jazz Band and Jimmy Durante’s Jazz Band.

Thanks to Al Simmons for the recordings on this page.<


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Ja Da
(Intro. You’ll Find Old Dixieland in France)

(Bob Carlton / Clark / Meyer)
11-1918New York, New YorkOkeh
Ole Miss
(W.C. Handy)
11-1918New York, New YorkOkeh

Achille BaquetClarinet
Frank ChristianCornet
Jimmy DurantePiano
Arnold LoyacanoGuitar
Frank LhotakTrombone


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