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Adrian RolliniThe Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler$
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Ate van Delden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825155

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825155.001.0001

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The California Ramblers Taking Off

The California Ramblers Taking Off

(p.48) Chapter 4 The California Ramblers Taking Off
Adrian Rollini

Ate van Delden

University Press of Mississippi

Arthur Hand had an orchestra of his own which was incorporated into Kirkeby's California Ramblers and which he would co-lead with Ed Kirkeby. In April 1922, Kirkeby arranged for the first of countless record dates for almost any label. The band did not have a bass player and Adrian Rollini decided to fill the gap and quickly learned to play the bass saxophone. In just a few months, he developed a new style of playing, both for the bass line and for solo work. His sound would identify the California Ramblers for years to come. The band was fully employed from its start and one of their engagements was as a replacement for Paul Whiteman's band at the Palais Royal. However, Kirkeby and Hand preferred to have their own place where their band would perform regularly. They found it North of the City of New York and called it the California Ramblers Inn.

Keywords:   Arthur Hand, Recordings, Bass saxophone, Paul Whiteman, California Ramblers Inn

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