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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 to the Top with Adrian Rollini

The California Ramblers to the Top with Adrian Rollini

(p.85) Chapter 6 The California Ramblers to the Top with Adrian Rollini
Adrian Rollini

Ate van Delden

University Press of Mississippi

The band-within-a-band concept caught on and Kirkeby created more of this for more record labels. The Vagabonds, the Little Ramblers, Kentucky Blowers, Five Birmingham Babies, and the Goofus Five. The latter was named after the "goofus" a novelty instrument that was used by Rollini in addition to his bass saxophone to produce great jazz. In 1925 trumpeter Red Nichols and trombone player Tommy Dorsey were hired, which brought the band to an artistic top. Even Bix Beiderbecke stayed with the band for a few days, as Red Nichols' guest, but didn't join. For Kirkeby, this trend meant a financial loss.

Keywords:   Vagabonds, Goofus Five, Red Nichols, Tommy Dorsey, Bix Beiderbecke

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