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A Trumpet around the CornerThe Story of New Orleans Jazz$
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Samuel Charters

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781578068982

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781578068982.001.0001

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Rhythm Kings

Rhythm Kings

(p.180) 11 Rhythm Kings
A Trumpet around the Corner

Samuel Charters

University Press of Mississippi

At the height of the excitement over their music, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band left New York in the spring of 1919. The band had been offered a job to appear in a London musical Joy Bells, starring the comedian George Robey. Their London trip grew into an extended stay and introduced the New Orleans jazz style to England, but they were abruptly fired by Robey. The band found other engagements throughout Britain, including London’s busiest dance halls. After successful performances in London, the band produced singles for Columbia Records for their 12-inch dance series. On their return to New York a year later after they left, La Rocca and the other band members found that so much had changed in the music scene. They had come back to the world of Rudy Weidoeft and his saxophone. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band never regained their footing and disbanded in 1924. A new band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, would dominate the white Chicago jazz scene.

Keywords:   jazz, Dixieland Jazz Band, New York, London, New Orleans, Columbia Records, Rudy Weidoeft, saxophone, Rhythm Kings, Chicago

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