They jokingly billed themselves as the The Syncopating Five and their Orchestra, and recorded under the more logical name of The Syncopating Seven. The band went north to Chicago where Red Nichols first encountered Bix Beiderbecke’s cornet playing while Bix sat in with the Friars Society Orchestra. After this Nichols started to model his playing after Bix’s style. The Syncopating Seven played Florida again in the winter and then landed a prestigious gig at the Ambassador Hotel in Atlantic City, where Paul Whiteman rose to fame. They felt they needed a classier image and changed the band’s name to the Royal Palm Orchestra. The band was a flop and they hightailed it back to Indiana where the group broke up soon afterwards.
|Title||Recording Date||Recording Location||Company|
|Strutting At The Strutter’s Ball||11-22-1922||Richmond, Indiana||Gennett
|Toot-Toot-Tootsie (Goo’ Bye)
(Gus Kahn / Ernie Erdman / Dan Russo )
|Ray Stillson||C-Melody Saxophone|