THE CASCADES - Dawn Club, 1946 featuring Wally Rose (piano), Mordecai , Lammi, Dart
DARKTOWN STRUTTERS' BALL - ABC/KGO [Dawn Club 1946, vocal by Turk] Hal Smith: “One of my favorite live recordings by the YBJB. Listen to the ensemble chorus after the verse, with Scobey playing lead. The band is really stomping, and starting to play a double ending to go out, but Lu holds a C for two bars, taking them into another chorus that is even hotter!”
GET IT RIGHT - Dawn Club, 1946 [“Hambone Kelly’s, Helm” written in pencil]. Hal Smith: “Helm plays a verse that is not really part of the song. You may recognize it as the main theme of "Little John's Rag" by Turk. He said that he wrote the verse to make "Get It Right" a more interesting song, but that Lu ultimately didn't like the additional part.”
GOT DEM BLUES - [label says Minstrels of Annie Street] - Dawn Club, 1946 Watters, Scobey, Murphy, Helm, Rose, Mordecai, Lammi, Dart.
TROMBONE RAG - Dawn Club, 1946 [“YBJB Broadcast” in pencil.] Turk Murphy composition and featured soloist.
PASTIME RAG #5 - Dawn Club, 1946 [“Hambone’s on label in pencil.] featuring Wally Rose (piano)
[Each side of the disc below has “Dawn Club” or “Hambones” added in pencil.]
THE PEARLS - Dawn Club, 1946 [Hambone’s in pencil on label.] featuring Wally Rose (piano)
Note on the Selman collection discs:
The two dozen extremely rare Yerba Buena air shots
and private recordings in this collection were amassed over decades by
Bill Raynolds, and are currently in the possession of Frank Selman who
has made them available.
Recorded between c. 1941-50, the dates
and locations are provided where available, but many disc labels are
erroneous. About half have been previously issued in small numbers by
specialty labels such as Fairmont, Down Home, or The San Francisco Traditional Jazz
Mostly recorded at or from the Dawn Club, they include some of the players who substituted during WW II such as: Bill Bardin (trombone), Burt Bales (piano), Russ Bennett (banjo) or Squire Girsback (tuba). Clarinet players are Bob Helm or Ellis Horne.
Disc condition and sound quality vary widely. Despite my restoration efforts a great deal of disc noise remains audible in these historic musical artifacts.
Forthcoming: The best and most rare of the archival jazz recordings
heard on these pages will soon be available for purchase on CD or
downloads (Amazon, i-tunes, etc) from Frisco Jazz Archival Rarities, a
partnership between Dave Radlauer and Grammercy Records.
Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz Band 75th Anniversary A multi-disc box set presenting unissued, long out of print and newly preserved music from the Big Bang of Traditional Jazz on the west coast.
Frisco Jazz Archival Rarities offers unissued historic
recordings from live performances, jam sessions and private tapes.
Recorded mostly in the Bay Area 1940-75, this is lost sound from a
boisterous musical culture that created an independent jazz style of its