had a significant role producing early black musical theater in London
and Europe. He partnered with Eubie Blake producing Shuffle Along
(1921) and was an important catalyst nurturing and introducing
such stellar talent to Europe as Sidney Bechet, Tommy Ladnier, Arthur Briggs and
Johnny Dunn. Sissle returned to the United States after 1930.
A cross section of American Jazz talent in Paris, 1930
assembled to greet American Gold Star Families [of fallen WWI
soldiers]. Many seen here were working for Noble
Sissle, seen crouching front left, at Les Ambassadeurs. A prestigious club just
off the Champs-Elysee, it catered to a clientele of
statesmen, diplomats, prime ministers, kings of commerce and multimillionaires.
to R: Rudy Jackson, alto; Albert Tines, alto; George Warren or Ramon
Usera tenor; Horace Eubanks, clarinet; Big Boy Goudie, alto; Jack Carter
(with cigarette), drums; Bennie Peyton, drums; Warren Harrison, guitar;
Oliver Tines, drums; Edward Cole, tuba; Glover Compton (beneath tuba)
piano; Billy Burns, trombone; Gene Bullard, drums; Tommy Ladnier, Snow
Fisher, Arthur Briggs, Crickett Smith, trumpets.