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New Orleans Owls
The New Orleans Owls descended from The Invincibles String Band which had been playing around New Orleans since 1912. The band played regularly at the Hotel Roosevelt and other hotels in New Orleans between the years of 1922 and 1929. In the late twenties they replaced Abbie Brunies band at The Halfway House.

They were one of only a handful of bands that were recorded in the city of New Orleans in the 1920s.  They recorded 23 sides for Columbia between 1925 and 1927. 

New Orleans Owls
New Orleans Owls (jazz band) at Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, formerly Cosmopolitan Hotel. Musicians left to right: Mackie, R.; Rau, E.; Mackie, D.; Smith, M.; White, B.; Golpi, R.; Crumb, E. The band and spectators at right are costumed; possibly for costume party or Carnival. The description places this on the river side of the 100 block of Bourbon Street, an annex to the Cosmopolitan Hotel that was sold to the Chess Checkers & Whist Club in 1919 (not the more famous Chess Checkers and Whist Club Building on Canal Street at the corner of Baronne).

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Blowing Off Steam
(Davis / Johnson)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia 823-D
Boneyard Shuffle
(Hoagy Carmichael)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia
unissued
Brotherly Love
(Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia 823-D
Dynamite
(Jack Palmer / Fletcher Henderson)
4-14-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1045-D
Eccentric
(J. Russel Robinson)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia 943-D
Goose Pimples
(Jo Trent / Fletcher Henderson)
10-26-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1261-D
Meat On The Table
(Christansen / Vidacovich)
4-15-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1158-D
Oh Me! Oh My
(Barr)
9-24-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 489-D
Piccadilly
(Elmer Schoebel)
4-14-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1158-D
Pretty Baby
(Tony Williams)
4-14-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1045-D
Stomp Off – Let’s Go
(Elmer Schoebel)
9-24-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 489-D
Tampeekoe
(Louis Panico / Elmer Schoebel)
4-14-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 688-D
That’s A Plenty
(Lew Pollack / Ray Gilbert)
4-15-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1547-D
The New Twister
(Lillard / Krise)
10-26-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1547-D
The Nightmare
(Meyers / Handler / Riley)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia 943-D
The Owls’ Hoot
(Benjamin White)
9-24-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 605-D
Throwin’ The Horns
(La Maire / Bolman)
10-26-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1261-D
West End Romp
(Bill Padron / Mose Farrar)
4-14-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 688-D
White Ghost Shivers
(Swan / Tarto)
11-8-1926 Atlanta, Georgia Columbia 862-D

New Orleans Owls

Artist Instrument
Red Bowmen Cornet, Vocals
Sigfre Christensen Piano
Earl Crumb Drums
Moses Farrar Piano
Rene Gelpi Banjo, Guitar
Nappy Lamare Banjo, Vocals
Dan LeBlanc Tuba
Frank Netto Trombone
Bill Pardon Cornet
Lester Smith Tenor Saxophone
Pinky Vidacovich Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Benjie White Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Leader

 

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