Bix, A Discographical Society Pamphlet.1944.

Bix, A Discographical Society Pamphlet.1944.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 5th, 2012, 1:03 am #1





In the 1940s, Clifford Jones published a series of "Discographical Society's Pamphlets. " The pamphlets covered a variety of jazz topics: "New Orleans and Chicago Jazz" in 1947, "Jazz in New York" in 1944, "The Bob Crosby Band" in 1945, "Hot Jazz" in 1947.  

The issue of  interest here is from 1944 and  is titled simply "Bix." The editors are Venables, a well known English Bixophile, and Clifford Jones. Here are scans of the pamphlet in its totality.

http://bixography.com//BixPamphlettClif ... Jones.html

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Albert
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vince giordano
vince giordano

February 5th, 2012, 3:17 am #2

Thanks Albert for putting this pamphlet up on the Bix site for all of us to see !
I think there is some "new to my eyes" material here !
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alex revell
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February 5th, 2012, 11:37 am #3




In the 1940s, Clifford Jones published a series of "Discographical Society's Pamphlets. " The pamphlets covered a variety of jazz topics: "New Orleans and Chicago Jazz" in 1947, "Jazz in New York" in 1944, "The Bob Crosby Band" in 1945, "Hot Jazz" in 1947.  

The issue of  interest here is from 1944 and  is titled simply "Bix." The editors are Venables, a well known English Bixophile, and Clifford Jones. Here are scans of the pamphlet in its totality.

http://bixography.com//BixPamphlettClif ... Jones.html

Comments tomorrow.

Albert
Albert, This is the pamphlet I mentioned - some time ago now - as having had in the later forties. Loaned to somebody and never returned.
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Laura Demilio
Laura Demilio

February 5th, 2012, 3:15 pm #4




In the 1940s, Clifford Jones published a series of "Discographical Society's Pamphlets. " The pamphlets covered a variety of jazz topics: "New Orleans and Chicago Jazz" in 1947, "Jazz in New York" in 1944, "The Bob Crosby Band" in 1945, "Hot Jazz" in 1947.  

The issue of  interest here is from 1944 and  is titled simply "Bix." The editors are Venables, a well known English Bixophile, and Clifford Jones. Here are scans of the pamphlet in its totality.

http://bixography.com//BixPamphlettClif ... Jones.html

Comments tomorrow.

Albert
VERY interesting indeed! It's wonderful how you find all this archival material.
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Malcolm Walton
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February 5th, 2012, 5:23 pm #5




In the 1940s, Clifford Jones published a series of "Discographical Society's Pamphlets. " The pamphlets covered a variety of jazz topics: "New Orleans and Chicago Jazz" in 1947, "Jazz in New York" in 1944, "The Bob Crosby Band" in 1945, "Hot Jazz" in 1947.  

The issue of  interest here is from 1944 and  is titled simply "Bix." The editors are Venables, a well known English Bixophile, and Clifford Jones. Here are scans of the pamphlet in its totality.

http://bixography.com//BixPamphlettClif ... Jones.html

Comments tomorrow.

Albert
Well worth downloading this. It provides a splendid idea of how Bix was viewed only 13 years after he died, and still holds good, in the main, today. I personally have never seen Joe Cozens' pen and ink drawing before - maybe I missed it - ?
Malcolm
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 5th, 2012, 8:20 pm #6

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 7th, 2012, 12:48 am #7


Thanks to the Miami University archivist. A fast response with documentation.

It turns out that the Wolverines were in Miami University only once, on Jan 25 for the Junior Prom. Here is the documentation.

From the student paper, The Miami Student, an announcement of the Junior Prom in the Jan 18, 1924 issue.

http://bixography.com/MiamiStudent18January1924.pdf

From the Feb 1, 1924 issue, a review of the Junior Prom.

http://bixography.com/MiamiStudent1February1924.pdf

Unfortunately, no photos of the Wolverines, but the archivist sends a photo from the yearbook with a photo of the Junior Prom committee.

http://bixography.com/MiamiPromCom1924Recensio.pdf

Interestingly, the initial announcement gives the Mason Dixon Seven as the alternate band.  I mentioned the name of this band in connection with the Trumbauer (without Bix) recording session of May 15, 1929. The Mason Dixon Seven recorded for Columbia on May 19, 1922, but the recording was unissued. Two of the members of the band were Art Weems and Ted Weems. The Jan 14, 1924 issue of the Hamilton News had the following announcement about the Junior Prom.
<font size="1" face="Times New Roman"></font><p align="left">Plans for the Junior Prom, which
<p align="left">will be heId Jan.25 in lHerron Gym-
<p align="left">nasium, are practically completed,
<p align="left">according to the announcement of
<p align="left">Gordon Williams, Prom chairman.
<p align="left">The Mason-Dixon Seven, a orchestra
<p align="left">nationally known for the quality of
<p align="left">its music, has been engaged. Elaborate
<p align="left">and beautiful decorations and
<p align="left">programs have been arranged for.
<p align="left">The committee will, however, give
<p align="left">no indication as to just, what may he
<p align="left">expected along these lines as this
<p align="left">is to be among the surprises in

store for those who attend.

When the Mason Dixon Seven could not make it, the Junior Prop organizing Committe hired the Ohio Nine Collegians. I did not find any information about this group in discographies. Obviously, a local band. Sudhalter and Evans tell us that this band was from Defiance, OH, the hometown of Wild Bill Davison.

Albert
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Joe Mosbrook
Joe Mosbrook

February 7th, 2012, 2:41 am #8

As you know, several others, including Jean Pierre Lion, have written that Bix and the Wolverines played at Miami University on both January 18 and 25, 1924. The stories from the student newspaper are an excellent find. But, the absence of a student newspaper article about a January 18 performance does not necessarily mean it didn't happen. If the Wolverines played at a fraternity house, that would have been a private party, not open to the general student population, and probably not covered by the student newspaper.
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February 7th, 2012, 3:13 pm #9


.... the Junior Prom in Miami University were Sudhalter and Evans in Man and Legend.

<strong>Sudhalter and Evans. </strong>Here is exactly what they reported in appendix A

Jan 18 (Fri) - Wolverine Orchestra hired to play junior prom at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Jan 25 (Fr) - Wolverines play at Miami University.

In page 98, S&E provide the following details.

"Four days after opening at Doyle's, the Wolverines landed their first campus dance job, a Junior Prom to be held Friday, Jan 25, at Miami Univesity in Oxford, OH, about forty miles north of Cincinnati. They were promised $175 for the evening, and split the bill with the Ohio Nine Collegians of Defaince, Wild Bill Davison home town."

<strong>Evans and Evans</strong> provide the following information.

Jan 18 (Fri) - The Wolverines played the Junior Prom at Miami University, Oxford, OH, and were paid $175.

Jan 25 (Fri) - The Wolverine Orchestra appeared at Miami University, Oxford OH.

<strong>Lion</strong> writes, "On two successive Fridays, Jan 18 and 25, the Wolverines appeared at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Arriving in the afternoon, they performed from evening until late into the night, warming up an enthusiastic audience quite different from the less receptive patrons on Doyle's dance floor. This students' celebration, the junior prom, 'was a big social event of the entire year,' remembered Francis Hannaford." 

Evidently, Evans and Evans made an error. They give Jan 18 as the date of the Junior Prom, when, in fact, it was on Jan 25. Lion had no independent sources of information and simply repeated what Evans and Evans had reported.

It is clear to me that the correct account is found in Sudhalter and Evans. Jan 18 is the date when the Wolverines secured their gig to play at the Junior Prom, and one week later, they actually travelled to Oxford and played at the Junior Prom. I don't think they played at Miami University on Jan 18.

Albert
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Jim Petersen
Jim Petersen

February 7th, 2012, 11:41 pm #10

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