With the exception of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the Friars Society Orchestra was the most influential White jazz band of the 1920s.When the band left the club they became known as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. The records that the band made in 1922 and 1923 were widely copied by other White musicians of the 1920s. Jelly Roll Morton recorded five songs with the band in 1923 and this session is generally considered the first “racially mixed” Jazz record, although Jelly didn’t consider himself to be Black, but rather Creole. New Orleans Rhythm Kings split up in 1924 and Roppolo and Mares went to New York and played with Al Siegal.
In 1925 Mares returned to New Orleans and re-formed the New Orleans Rhythm Kings with Roppolo and recorded seven songs for Okeh and Victor records, but soon afterwards Mares quit music to join the family fur business. Leon Roppolo had a severe nervous breakdown and was confined to a mental institution for the rest of his life. Mares worked outside of music until he re-formed the New Orleans Rhythm Kings yet again in 1934 and recorded for Decca and played engagements in New York and Chicago. He then left music again until 1945. In the last three years of his life he started another band that played in the Chicago area.
|Friars Society Orchestra / New Orleans Rhythm Kings||Paul Mares and his Friars Society Orchestra|
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