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The Plantation Orchestra
Columbia4238 The Plantation OrchestraThese Plantation Orchestra sides were made in London by the Pike Davies Orchestra which was an African-American jazz band that supported Florence Mills and Edith Wilson in Charles B. Cochran’s production of Lew Leslie’s musical revue “Blackbirds”. This show premiered at Alhambra Theatre in New York and then moved to London’s Pavilion Theatre where it played for 276 performances. Florence Mills health was failing at this time and she was forced to withdraw from the show she died the following year after returning to New York.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Arabella’s Wedding Day
(from C.B. Cochran’s “Black-Birds” Revue)

(W.H. Meyer)
12-1-1926 London, England Columbia
4238
For Baby And Me
(from C.B. Cochran’s “Black-Birds” Revue)

(W.H. Meyer)
12-1-1926 London, England Columbia
4238
Silver Rose
(from C.B. Cochran’s “Black-Birds” Revue, London Pavillion)

(W.H. Meyer)
12-1-1926 London, England Columbia
4185
Smiling Joe
(from C.B. Cochran’s “Black-Birds” Revue, London Pavillion)

(W.H. Meyer)
12-1-1926 London, England Columbia
4185

The Plantation Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Jessie Baltimore Drums
Bill Benford Bass Brass
Pike Davis Trumpet, Leader
Randolph Dunbar Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Dunn Trumpet
Maceo Jefferson Banjo
Casey Jones Trombone
Ralph Jones Violin
Nelson Kincard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Rickson Piano
George Smith Violin
Alonzo Williams Tenor Saxophone

 

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