A photo of the Embassy Club orchestra minus Seger Ellis.

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

June 24th, 2018, 2:58 pm #1

Seger Ellis was the vocalist in two of  Bix Beiderbecke’s recordings: “Blue River” and “There’s a Cradle in Caroline”: Frank Trumbauer and his Orchestra (a band within the Jean Godkette band, except for Adrian Rollini),  August 25, 1927.
 
August 25, 1927 OKEH 
New York City, NY
 
FRANK TRUMBAUER AND HIS ORCHESTRA 
Bix(c); Bill Rank (tb); Frank Trumbauer (C-m); Doc Ryker (as); Don Murray (cl,bar); Adrian Rollini (bsx); Irving Riskin (p); Eddie Lang (g); Chauncey Morehouse (d); Seger Ellis (voc); Bill Challis (arr).
 
 
 
W 81274-B    Blue River (Alfred Bryan-Joseph Meyer) voc SE                                          
OKeh  40879                                                                                                                     
solos and/or breaks: Bix (32, straight mute, behind Ellis vocal) 
Label Image   Sound File

W 81275-D
There's A Cradle In Caroline (Joe Young-Fred Ahlert) voc  SE
OKeh 40879 
solos and/or breaks: Murray (20)
Label Image   Sound File
 
 
Seger Pilot Ellis was born on July 4, 1904 in Houston, Texas and died on September 29, 1995 in Houston, Texas.
 
From https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/185 ... eger-ellis




 
Seger Ellis was a vocalist, jazz pianist, composer, arranger and band leader. Here is the Ellis page in the DAHR website:
https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/ ... yt0=Search
 
He made recordings with the top jazz musicians of the 1920s, including Louis Armstrong. The following from Lord’s discography.

Seger Ellis (vcl) acc by Louis Armstrong (tp) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (cl) Harry Hoffman (vln) Justin Ring (p,celeste) Stan King (d)
  New York, June 4, 1929
 
402416-B S'posin' OKeh 41255, Ariel 4459, Jazum 13, CBS 65251
402417-C To be in love (espesh'lly with you)     -             4460,      -       -
 
Note: Both Ariels as "Norman Thorne".
Both above titles also on Affinity (E)AFS1018-1/6 [CD], Neatwork (Au)RP2020 [CD], Fremeaux & Associes (F)FA1355 [CD], Columbia CK 46148 [CD], CBS (Eu)466965 2 [CD], Azure AZCD22 [CD],Retrieval (E)RTR79062 [CD], Columbia Legacy 88697-94565-2 [CD].
 
Seger Ellis (vcl) acc by Louis Armstrong (tp) Tommy Dorsey (tb,tp) Jimmy Dorsey (cl,as) Arthur Schutt (p) Eddie Lang (g) Joe Venuti (vln) Stan King (d)
  New York, August 23, 1929
 
402881-B Ain't misbehavin' OKeh 41291, Col 3CL35, CBS 65251, Smithsonian
    2012, Affinity (E)AFS1018-1/6 [CD], Neatwork
    (Au)RP2020 [CD], Fremeaux & Associes (F)FA1355
    [CD], Columbia CK 46148 [CD], CBS (Eu)466965 2
    [CD], TOM MB131 [CD], Azure AZCD22 [CD], Retrieval
    (E)RTR79062 [CD], Columbia Legacy 88697-94565-2
    [CD]
 
Seger Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra made a short film for The Vitaphone Corporation, Brooklyn, NY, Vitaphone production reel #823, directed by Murray Roth and released in June 1929.
The soundtrack credits from the IMDB website.
Seger Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra (1929)
Soundtracks
How Can I Love Again? 
(uncredited)
Music by Vincent Rose 
Lyrics by Benee Russell (as Bené Russell) 
Performed by Seger Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra 
Am I Blue 
(uncredited) 
Music by Harry Akst 
Performed by Seger Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra 
I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling 
(uncredited) 
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Link 
Lyrics by Billy Rose 
Performed by Seger Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra 

A photo of the Embassy Club orchestra minus Seger Ellis.
From Getty images, chopped and an error in the description and Ellis’ first name misspelled.
https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news ... d530731272
Jimmy Dorsey (top L!!!) plays trombone (!!) with Segar [sic] Ellis and his Embassy Club Orchestra. Undated photograph, circa 1930's.
 
From the Thesaurus of Classic Jazz, four LPs put out by Columbia in 1959, C4L18.

 
On the platform, left to right,
Tommy Dorsey, Fuzzy Farrar, Stan King, Jimmy Dorsey.
In front, left to right
Eddie Lang, Al Duffy, Arthur Schutt.
Something striking, all these guys (including the invisible Seger Ellis), except Al Duffy, played/recorded with Bix. 
 
Lots of excellent recordings in
Seger Ellis Collection 1925-1935
https://archive.org/details/SegerEllisC ... n1925-1935
 
 
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June 25th, 2018, 11:34 pm #2

Vitaphone production reel #823: the three numbers. Courtesy of Enrico Borsetti.

http://picosong.com/w94m3/
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