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Tim Bryman and his Black Devil Orchestra
Tim BrymnTim Brymn and his Black Devil Orchestra were an all African-American 70 piece musical unit that represented the 350th Field Artillery Regiment during World War I. Tim Brymn’s band was described at the time as “a military symphony engaged in a battle of jazz.”

Tim BrymnWillie “The Lion” Smith also served in the 350th Field Artillery Regiment and claimed to have received the nickname of “The Lion” for his bravery while in this unit. Okeh 8054 was released under the name of Tim Brymn’s Black Devil Four and features an unknown male vocal harmony group.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Arkansas Blues
(Spencer Williams)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8002-B
Aunt Hagar’s Children Blues
(W.C. Handy / Tim Brymn)
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8054-A
Camp Meeting Blues
(W.T. Carroll)
4-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4339-B
Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home
Vocal by Gertrude Saunders
4-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8004-B
Don’t Tell Your Monkey Man
(L. Johnson / Ted Koehler)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8003
He’s My Man
(You Better Leave Him Alone)

(Anton Lada)
4-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8003
I’m Craving For That Kind Of Love
Vocal by Gertrude Saunders

(Noble Sissle / Eubie Blake)
4-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8004-A
It’s Right Here For You
(Introducing “Crazy Blues”)

(Marion Dickerson / Alex. Belledna / Perry Bradford)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8002-A
Siren Of The Southern Sea
(Harold Weeks)
3-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4310-A
The Boll Wevil Blues
(Cliff Hess)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8005-A
The Jazz Me Blues
(Tom Delaney)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
8005-B
The Memphis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4339-A
Wang Wang Blues
(Gus Mueller / Bert Johnson / Henry Busse)
3-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4310-B

Tim Bryman and his Black Devil Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Tim Brymn Piano, Leader
Gertrude Saunders Vocals
unknown Cello, Cornet, Trombone, Clarinets, Violin, Tuba, Drums

 

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