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Wilbur Sweatman and his Acme Syncopators
There is speculation that this was Duke Ellington’s debut recording with some assortment of the following suggested musicians: Eugene “Bud” Aiken (cnt), Leslie (Leonard ?) Davis (cnt), Calvin Jones (tb), Wilbur Sweatman (cl,b-cl,ldr), Percy Green (as) Raymond Hernandez (ts), Walter Hall (p), or Duke Ellington (p), Clyde Johnson (bj) or Mike Danzi (bj), Romy Jones (tu).

Wilbur Sweatman Acme Syncopators1923
Wilbur Sweatman and his Acme Syncopators – 1923 – Left to Right: Maceo Jefferson, Ralph Esudero, Duke Ellington, Wilbur Sweatman, Flo Dade, Sonny Greer, Ian Anderson, Otto Hardwick.


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Battleship Kate
(Ada Rives / Wilbur Sweatman)
9-20-1924 New York, New York Gennett

Wilbur Sweatman and his Acme Syncopators

Artist Instrument
Clyde Johnson Banjo
John Reeves Trombone
George Rickson Piano
Wilbur Sweatman Clarinet, Leader
Maceo White Drums



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