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Jazz Oracle BDW 8035 BDW 8035 (3 CD set)
Jack Purvis - 1928-35
Best known as a spectacular trumpeter who recorded but eight memorable sides under his own name in 1929 and 1930, this comprehensive survey of his music includes examples of his work as a sideman with Arnold Johnson, Smith Ballew, Hal Kemp and others. Comprehensive notes are by the noted collector and producer Michael Brooks, and the booklet includes many rare photographs. A must for enthusiasts of 1920s jazz as it reveals the exciting Purvis in a variety of musical settings.

Disc 1:

Arnold Johnson and His Orchestra

Arnold Johnson (arr) dir. Jack Purvis-Mickey Bloom (t), Paul van Loan (tb), Pete Pumiglio (cl,as), Bobby Burns (cl,as,v), unknown (ts), Roy Strom (vln,v), Harold Arluck (Arlen) (p,arr,v), unknown (gtr,bjo), unknown (bb), Gerald Gillis (d,v), Bobby Cavanaugh-Roy Ingraham-William Magee (v), who may also play instruments.
New York, February 28, 1928
1. E-26724 After My Laughter Came Tears (Turk-Tobias)-arrAJ; vBB-HA-GG-BC-RI-WM Brunswick 3840

New York, March 26, 1928
2. E-27131 Together (DeSylva-Brown- Henderson)-arrAJ; vRI and chorus Brunswick 3895

Charley Bennett (arr). One of the reedmen doubles on flute; someone doubles on harmonica.
New York, April 9, 1928
3. E-27311 What's The Reason (Atteridge- Rubens)-arrHA; vHA-RI-RS Brunswick 3914
4. E-27312 Get Your Man (Lief-Perkins-Lief)-arrCB; vHA-RI-RS Brunswick 3914

Hector Markesie (arr).
New York, July 12, 1928
5. E-27847 Georgie Porgie (Mayerl-Paul)-arrHM; vHA,RI, RS Brunswick 3980

Smith Ballew and His Orchestra

Jack Purvis (t), Wally Curtis-Lyle Bowen (cl,as), Babe Russin (ts), Bruce Yantis (vln), Bobby van Eps (p), Dick McDonough (bjo,gtr), probably Ward Lay (sb), Dee Orr (d), Smith Ballew (v).
New York, April 15, 1929
6. 401802-C Wake Up! Chillun Wake Up! (Trent- Robison)-vSB and chorus Parlophone R466

New York, July 25, 1929
7. 402536-C Just You, Just Me (Klarges-Greer)-vSB OKeh 41282
8. 402537-C Blondy (Brown-Freed)-vSB OKeh 41282
9. 402538-B Miss You (Tobias-Tobias-Tobias)-vSB OKeh 41279

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

Hal Kemp (cl,as) dir. Jack Purvis-Mickey Bloom (t), Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Joe Gillespie (cl,as), Ben Williams (cl,as,bar), Saxie Dowell (cl,ts), John Scott Trotter (p), Olly Humphries (bjo), Paul Weston (bb), Skinny Ennis (d,v).
New York, October 14, 1929
10. E-31232 I Gotta Have You (Magidson-Washington-Cleary)-vSE and chorus Brunswick 4580

Smith Ballew & His Orchestra

Same personnel as the July 25, 1929 session, with George Rose (gtr) replacing McDonough.
New York, October 28, 1929
11. 403199-B Lady Luck (Perkins)-vSB OKeh 41329

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

Hal Kemp (cl,as,v) dir. Jack Purvis-Mickey Bloom (t), Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Joe Gillespie (cl,as), Ben Williams (cl,as,bar), Saxie Dowell (cl,ts,v), John Scott Trotter (p), Gene "Pinky" Kintzle (bjo,gtr,v), Paul Weston (sb), Skinny Ennis (d,v).
New York, January 2, 1930
12. E-31714 Navy Blues (Turk-Ahlert)-vHK-SD-GK-SE Brunswick 4676
13. E-31714alt Navy Blues (Turk-Ahlert)-vHK-SD-GK-SE Brunswick 4676

Jack Purvis

Jack Purvis (c) acc. by John Scott Trotter (p), Gene "Pinky" Kintzle-George Rose (gtr), Paul Weston (sb), Joe Dale (d).
New York, December 17, 1929
14. 403522-B Copyin' Louis (Purvis) OKeh 41404
15. 403523-A Mental Strain At Dawn (Purvis)TD> OKeh 41404


Smith Ballew & His Orchestra

Same or similar personnel as the July 25, 1929 session.
New York, December 17, 1929
16. 490018-A Charming (Grey-Stothart) Test


Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

Same or similar personnel as the January 2, 1930 session.
New York, December 27, 1929
17. 490025-A Under A Texas Moon (Perkins) Test
18. 403557-C I'd Like To Be A Gypsy (Washington-Cleary)-v OKeh 41358

New York, January 9, 1930
19. 403601-B Can't You Hear Me Calling Caroline (Caro Roma- Gardner)-vSE and chorus Test


Smith Ballew and His Orchestra

Same or similar personnel as the July 25, 1929 session; one of the reedmen doubles on flute; Frances Shelley (v).

New York, February 25, 1930
20. 403772-B Sing You Sinners (Harling-Coslow)-vSB and chorus OKeh 41384
21. 403773-B In My Little Hope Chest (Harling-Coslow)-vFS OKeh 41384


Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis and another (t), unknown (tb), 2 (as), (ts), (p), (bjo), (bb), (d).
New York, March 18, 1930
22. 403859-C Stein Song (Colcord-Fensted)-vEK and chorus Parlophone E6320


Jack Purvis and His Orchestra

Jack Purvis (t,v), J.C. Higginbotham (tb,v), Castor McCord (ts), Adrian Rollini (bsx), Frank Froeba (p), Will Johnson (gtr,v), Charles Kegley (d).
New York, April 3, 1930
23. 403891-A Dismal Dan (Purvis) OKeh 8808
24. 403893-B Poor Richard (Purvis)-vJP-JCH-WJ OKeh 8782
25. 403892-A Down Georgia Way (Purvis) OKeh 8782



Disc 2:

Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Pete Pumiglio (cl,as), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Paul Mason (ts), Sidney Harris-H. Kirsch (vln), Irving Brodsky (p), "Skoop" Tomson (gtr), Tex Hurst (sb), Jack Powers (d), unknown (v).
New York, April 22, 1930
1. 403967-B Nobody Cares If I'm Blue (Akst-Clarke)-vEF-? Odeon ONY.36081
2. 403968-B Mysterious Mose (Doyle)-vEK-EF Odeon ONY.36081

Jack Purvis and His Orchestra

Jack Purvis (t,v), J.C. Higginbotham (tb,v), Greely Walton (ts), Adrian Rollini (bsx), Frank Froeba (p), Dick McDonough (gtr), Charles Kegley (d).
New York, May 1, 1930
3. 403992-B What's The Use Of Cryin' Baby (Stevens-Purvis) Parlophone R1669
4. 403993-A When You're Feeling Blue (Stevens-Purvis) Parlophone R890
5. 403994-A Be Bo Bo (Stevens-Purvis)-vJCH OKeh 8808

Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis-E. Osborne (t), ____ Allen (tb), Pete Pumiglio-Tommy Bohn-Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as), C. Gelinas (ts), Terry Shand (p), "Skoop" Tomson (gtr), ____ Etkins (sb), Jack Powers (d), Elmer Feldkamp (v).
New York, May 13, 1930
6. 404011-A Ro-Ro-Rollin' Along (Mencher, Moll and Richman)-vEF OKeh 41428

California Ramblers

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis-E. Osborne (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Pete Pumiglio-Tommy Bohn (cl,as), Paul Mason (ts), Irving Brodsky (p), "Skoop" Tomson (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d), Smith Ballew (v).
New York, May 15, 1930
7. 150424-2 Washin' The Blues From My Soul (Robison and Oppenheim)-vSB Columbia 2208-D
8. 195102-1 Washin' The Blues From My Soul (Robison and Oppenheim) Test

Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys

Jack Purvis (t,v), Tommy Dorsey (tb), Benny Goodman (cl,as), Babe Russin (ts), Adrian Rollini (bsx,v), Rube Bloom (p), Dick McDonough (gtr), Stan King (d), Eddie Walters (u,v), Irving Kaufman or Roy Evans (v).
New York, May 24, 1930
9. 150531-1 On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) (Razaf)-vIK or RE; voices are JP-AR Columbia 2218-D
10. 150531-3 On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) (Razaf)- vIK or RE; voices are JP-AR Columbia 2218-D
11. 150532-4 There's A Wah-Wah Gal In Agua Caliente (Donaldson)-vEW Columbia 2218-D

California Ramblers

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis-E. Osborne (t), ____ Allen (tb), Pete Pumiglio-Tommy Bohn (cl,as), Paul Mason (ts), Irving Brodsky (p), "Skoop" Tomson (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d,vib), Smith Ballew (v).
New York, June 12, 1930
12. 150582-1 I Love You So Much (Ruby and Kalmar)-vSB and chorus Columbia 2231-D

Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis (t), Pete Pumiglio (cl,as), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Tommy Bohn (ts), Sam Hoffman-Sidney Harris (vln), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d,vib).
New York, June 20, 1930
13. 404229-B Just A Little Closer (Meyer and Johnson)-vEF OKeh 41435
14. 404231-B I've Got My Eye On You (Green and Stept)-vEF-EK OKeh 41435

Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis-E. Osborne (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Paul Mason (ts), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, August 12, 1930
15. 150701-2 Tomorrow Is Another Day (Green and Stept)-vEF-EK Columbia 2275-D
16. 150702-1 Don't Tell Her What's Happened To Me (De Sylva, Brown and Henderson)-vEF-EK Columbia 2275-D

California Ramblers

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis (t), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Tommy Bohn (ts), Sam Hoffman-Sidney Harris (vln), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, September 4, 1930
17. 150754-2 How A Little Girl Like You Could Love Me (Kirkeby and Cobey)-vEF Clarion 5063-C
18. 150755-1 Sweet Eyes Of Blue (Kirkeby and Cobey)-vEF Clarion 5069-C

Seger Ellis

Seger Ellis (v) acc. by Jack Purvis (t); possibly Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Butterfield (tb), own (p).
New York, September 16, 1930
19. 480022-A Sleepy Time Gal (Lorenzo-Whiting) Test

Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

As for September 4, 1930 session; Dick Dickson (cl,as) replaces Feldkamp. Dick Dixon (not the same man as the reedman) (v).
New York, October 10, 1930
20. 10133-3 How A Little Girl Like You Could Love Me (Kirkeby-Cobey)-vDD Regal 10184

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis (t), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Joe Gillespie (cl,ts), Sam Hoffman-Sidney Harris (vln), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d), Dick Dixon (v).
New York, October 10, 1930
21. 404477-C Sweet Jennie Lee! (Donaldson)-vDD-EK Parlophone R822

Ted Wallace & His Campus Boys

Same as October 10, 1930 session, with Carl Loeffler (tb) added and violins omitted.
New York, October 21, 1930
22. 150894-3 Fraternity Blues (Kyser and Murphy)-vEK-DD Columbia 2322-D
23. 150895-2 Football Freddy (Conrad and Leslie)-vEK-DD Columbia 2322-D

Lloyd Newton and His Varsity Eleven

Same as October 21, 1930 session, with Sam Hoffman-Sidney Harris (vln) added.
New York, November 17, 1930
24. 1066-2 St. Louis Blues (Handy)-v?DD Crown 3017
25. 1067-3 Sweet Jennie Lee (Donaldson)-vEK-?DD Crown 83042


Disc 3:

Roy Wilson and His Georgia Crackers

Ezell Watson (cl) dir. Jack Purvis and 2 others (t), Sunny Clapp (tb), Tommy Christian-Pat Davis (cl,as), Ray Watson (cl,ts), unknown (vln), Eddie Stiles (p), Mart Britt (bjo,?v), unknown (sb,bb as noted), possibly Whitey Kaufman (d).
New York, October 30 , 1930
1. E-35056-A Deserted Blues (Garner)-sb-v?MB Melotone M 12026
2. E-35057-A Swamp Blues (Sterling-Bivens)-bb-v?MB Melotone M 12026

Seger Ellis

Seger Ellis (v) acc. by Jack Purvis (t); Arnold Brilhart (cl), own (p), Eddie Lang (gtr).
New York, November 23, 1930
3. 404562-B Three Little Words (Ruby and Kalmar) OKeh 41473
4. 404563-B You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) (Donaldson) OKeh 41473

Lee Morse

Lee Morse (v) acc. by Jack Purvis (t); unknown (tb), unknown (cl), unknown (p), Eddie Lang (gtr).
New York, November 26, 1930
5. 150986-2 You're Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?) (Donaldson) Columbia 2348-D
6. 150987-3 He's My Secret Passion (Young and Valentine) Columbia 2348-D

California Ramblers

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Dick Dickson (cl,as), Joe Gillespie (cl,ts), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d), ___ Reirs (percussion), unknown Spanish vocalist.
New York, December 2, 1930
7. 150993-1 The Peanut Vendor (Simons and Sunshine)-vUnknown-EF Columbia 2351-D

Ted Wallace and His Orchestra

Ed Kirkeby dir. Ed Farley-probably Jack Purvis (t), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Joe Gillespie-Dick Dickson (cl,as), Tommy Bohn (ts), Joe LaFaro-Sam Hoffman (vln), Lew Cobey (p), probably Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, January 27, 1931
8. 404829-A Walkin' My Baby Back Home (Ahlert and Turk)-vEF Odeon ONY.36185

California Ramblers

Ed Kirkeby dir. Ed Farley-probably Jack Purvis (t), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v) ,Bobby Davis (cl,as), Tommy Bohn (ts), Sam Hoffman-Sidney Harris (vln), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, January 30, 1931
9. 151258-1 Telling You I Love You (Kirkeby and Cobey)-vEF Clarion 5247-C

Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Dick Dickson (ts), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, March 18, 1931
10. 151434-2 By A Lazy Country Lane (Green and Stept)-vEF-EK Columbia 2441-D

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

Hal Kemp (cl,as) dir. Jack Purvis-Earl Geiger or Bunny Berigan (t), Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Joe Gillespie (cl,as) or Ben Williams (cl,as,bar), Saxie Dowell (cl,ts), John Scott Trotter (p), Gene "Pinky" Kintzle (gtr), Paul Weston (sb), Skinny Ennis (d,v); someone plays various whistles.
New York, March 25, 1931
11. E-36510-A Whistles (Baxter)-vSE Brunswick 6110

Nick Lucas and His Crooning Troubadours

Jack Purvis and another (t), possibly Tommy Dorsey (tb), 3 (reeds), (p), (gtr), (sb), (d,vib), Nick Lucas (v).
New York, April 9, 1931
12. E-36452-A Let's Get Friendly (Yellen-Silvers-Dougherty)-vNL Brunswick 6098

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra

Hal Kemp (cl,as) dir. Jack Purvis-Bunny Berigan (t), Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Joe Gillespie (cl,as) or Ben Williams (cl,as,bar), Saxie Dowell (cl,ts), John Scott Trotter (p), Gene "Pinky" Kintzle (gtr), Paul Weston (bb), Skinny Ennis (d,v).
New York, April 23, 1931
13. E-36652-A (There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time (Kahal-Richman)-vSE Brunswick 6108

Dick Robertson and His Orchestra

Jack Purvis and another (t), unknown (tb), probably Jimmy Dorsey (cl), 2 others (reeds), (p), (gtr), (bb), (d), Dick Robertson (v).
New York, May 1, 1931
14. E-36679-A (There Ought To Be A) Moonlight Saving Time (Kahal-Richman)-vDR Melotone M 12162

Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys

Ed Kirkeby dir. Jack Purvis-Fred van Eps (t), Carl Loeffler (tb), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Paul Mason (ts), Adrian Rollini (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d).
New York, May 29, 1931
15. 151576-1 Star Dust (Carmichael and Parish)-vEF Columbia 2471-D

Nick Lucas and His Crooning Troubadours

Jack Purvis and another (t), unknown (tb), 3 (reeds), (p), 2 (vln), Nick Lucas (v, probably gtr), (bb), (d).
New York, June 30, 1931
16. E-36894-A That's My Desire (Carroll Loveday - Helmy Kress)-vNL Brunswick 6147

Boswell Sisters

Connie Boswell-Helvetia "Vet" Boswell (v), Martha Boswell (p,v) acc. by Jack Purvis (t), Tommy Dorsey (tb), Jimmy Dorsey (cl), Joe Venuti (vln), Eddie Lang (gtr), Joe Tarto (sb), Stan King (d).
New York, July 8, 1931
17. E-36911-A It's The Girl (Oppenheim-Baer) Brunswick 6151
18. E-36912-A It's You (Razaf-Waller) Brunswick 6151

Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys

Ed Kirkeby (v) dir. Jack Purvis-possibly Earl Isom (t), ____ Allen (tb), Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,v), Bobby Davis (cl,as), Paul Mason (ts), Lew Cobey (p), Ed Sexton (gtr), Ward Lay (sb), Jack Powers (d,vib).
New York, August 21, 1931
19. 151742-2 Guilty (Kahn, Akst & Whiting)-vEF-EK Columbia 2523-D

California Ramblers

Personnel as for August 21, 1931 session, with Carl Loeffler (tb) replacing Allen, Tommy Bohn (cl,as) added and Harold Bagg (p) replacing Cobey.
New York, October 5, 1931
20. 151827-1 Concentratin' (On You) (Waller and Razaf)-vEF Columbia 2569-D

Arthur Jarrett

Arthur Jarrett (v) acc. by Jack Purvis and another (t), Tommy Dorsey (tb), 3 (reeds), 4 (vln), (p), (gtr), (bb), (d).
New York, December 8, 1931
21. E-37454-A Honest, Really, Truly (Turk-Ahlert) Test

Frank Froeba and His Swing Band

Jack Purvis (t,v), Slats Long (cl), Herbie Haymer (ts), Frank Froeba (p), Clayton Duerr (gtr), Carrol Walrond (sb), Eddie Dougherty (d).
New York, December 24, 1935
22. 18443-1 Church Mouse On A Spree (Froeba) Meritt 9
23. 18444-1 The Music Goes 'Round And Around (Hodgson- Farley-Riley)-vJP Columbia 3110-D
24. 18445-1 There'll Be A Great Day In The Mornin'! (Hill-Mills) Columbia 3110-D


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