From the Record Shelves #194 - After TonightFrom the Record Shelves #194 – After Tonight – Clarence Williams’ vast output on records can roughly be divided into three periods. First, we have the acoustic ones, with great participation by Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong and banjo player Buddy Christian (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #108 - It’s MurderFrom the Record Shelves #108 – It’s Murder. There’s a lot of good jazz with New Orleans roots here, by Johnny Dodds, Red Allen and Lil Armstrong as leaders. And it’s the last mentioned with her “Swing Orchestra” that I choose to listen to today (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #26 - 29th and DearbornFrom the Record Shelves #26 – 29th and Dearborn. Like another icon of early jazz, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds was unfortunate to have his life ended just before the revival took place. After leaving New Orleans to join King Oliver at 28 years of age (…) read more and listenread more and listen