George Crozier

George Crozier

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

March 28th, 2018, 9:41 pm #1

I just uploaded some information about arranger and trombonist George Crozier.
There is a strong connection between Crozier and Goldkette.
From the coda:
"In this ad for Jazz Breaks from the Billboard Magazine issue of August 7, 1926, George Crozier is described as "The Hottest Arranger of them All. Featured Record and Radio Artist. Arranger for Jean Goldkette."
The full article in
http://bixography.com/GeorgeCrozier.html

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

March 30th, 2018, 1:21 am #2

 According to Stan Kuwik (IAJRC Journal, Jan 1989) Crozier replaced Paul Van Loan as trombonist (late 1923) and he, in turn, was replaced by Tommy Dorsey (early 1924) as Crozier's responsibilities were shifted to arranger.

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March 30th, 2018, 1:37 am #3

From Frank van Nus: "George Crozier's 1924 arrangement of this Jean Goldkette composition -a real ear-opener. Innovative voicings in the clarinet trio and the trumpet trio (Jimmy Dorsey joined the band's two regular trumpet players in this 1924 recording), a double tempo clarinet chorus, a four string violin solo - simply one of the best recorded jazz arrangements of the early 1920s."

And here is the 1925 recording of "It's the Blues" by Isham Jones. Based on the Crozier arrangement.


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Joined: March 29th, 2018, 12:06 pm

April 2nd, 2018, 12:42 pm #4

One of George Crozier's greatest contributions to jazz history is his splendid trombone solo on Don Parker's Western melody Boys  "Snakes Hips"  (Pathé Actuelle 020934), with a true New Orleans sound to it - recorded a few days BEFORE George Brunies' solo on "Tin Roof Blues" (NORK).
Albert Haim omitted some takes (and some 78rpm issues) in his listing of McMurray's California Thumpers' second session:

I have 8016- - & 8020-B on Gennett 4943, and also 8016-A & 8020-A on Starr 9262.

Also, I own an alternative photograph of the Eddie Elkins Orchestra outside the Pavillon Royal...
Additionally, I have two studio photos (per-McMurray) of the Elkins Orchestra, and also a portrait photo of Eddie Elkins...

Link to the four photos, plus two contemporary reports on Elkins:



Before any of you asks about the source of these images: NO, these are NOT online, but from custom-made microfilm duplicates which I ordered, and went through.
Hundreds more interesting photos, etc. on these ...


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April 2nd, 2018, 1:06 pm #5

Forgot to mention that the last advertisement in Albert Haim's article (Billboard 1926-08-07, p.03) originates from a microfilm I've obtained via Interlibrary Loan, then digitized, and then sent to Tom Tryniski of the Old Fulton archive for him to put online, which he did (Billboard 1923 - 1935)
Eventually, I'll do the same with all those publications which are not yet online (Metronome 1916 - 1932, Jacobs' Band Monthly 1916 - 1918 and 1923 - 1933, Morning Telegraph 1916 - 1933, Women's Wear 1916 - 1926, Dance Review 1919 - 1923, Dramatic Mirror Jan. - March 1922, New York American 1916 - 1933).

This is my service to the jazz community...

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April 2nd, 2018, 1:19 pm #6

Excellent photos.

I was going to make a couple of revisions. 
From Javier Soria Laso 
Crozier is also listed on the sessions from October 10 & 26 of 1922.
He and the rest of the musicians listed in the scan were clearly also on the sessions that started on October 14 of 1922. McMurray of course wasn’t on the session of October 26 of 1922, as he was being attended by a physician. He died 3 days later (http://www.vjm.biz/loren-mcmurray.html). CrozierElkinsJavier.JPG
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