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Isham Jones, 1929-34

A selection of jazz-oriented titles made by the Isham Jones Orchestra, a fine dance band of the period. Included are rare sides by the Marigold Entertainers (a predecessor band) and a selection of titles recorded for World radio transcriptions in 1934. Extensive liner notes by Kurt Weisbecker are included in the 24 page booklet.

 

Marigold Entertainers
Oscar Westlund (p) directing probably: Johnny Carlson-Harold “Whitey” Moeller (t), Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb,t), Don Cowan and either Claire Kuhns or Dick Hall (cl,as), Don Henneman (ts), Jack Blanchette (vln,g), Lauren Brown (bb), Wally Lageson (d), Art White (v).
Minneapolis, c. March, 1929
1. TMP-31 When My Sugar Walks Down The Street (All The Little Birdies Go Tweet-Tweet-Tweet) (Austin-McHugh-Mills)-vAW Vocalion 15800
2. TMP-30 Jealous (Malie-Finch-Little)-vAW Vocalion 15800
     
Isham Jones Orchestra
Isham Jones (ts) directing Johnny Carlson-Harold “Whitey” Moeller-Billy Scott (t), Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb), Don Cowan-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Bill Guise (or Geese) (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), Nick Hupfner (vln), James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), Jack Blanchette (vln,g), James Basil “Base” Dupre (bb,bsx), Richard Kissinger (sb,bb), Wally Lageson (d), Charles “Bud” Dant (arr).
Chicago, May, 1930
3. C-5748 Miss Hannah (Redman-Nesbitt)-vES, arrBD Brunswick 4868
4. C-5752 There’s A Wah-Wah Gal In Agua Caliente (Donaldson)-vES Brunswick 4868
     
Chicago, August, 1930
5. C-6127-G My Baby Just Cares For Me (Kahn-Donaldson) Brunswick (Arg) 4907
     
Isham Jones (ts) directing Johnny Carlson-Harold “Whitey” Moeller-Billy Scott (t), Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb), Ray Johnson-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Maynard “Saxie” Mansfield (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), Nick Hupfner (vln), James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), Jack Blanchette (vln,g), James Basil “Base” Dupre (bb,bsx), Richard Kissinger (sb,bb), Wally Lageson (d), Dusty Rhodes (v).
Chicago, January, 1932
6. C-8386-A Sweet Lorraine (Parish-Burwell)-vES Brunswick 6249
     
Chicago, February 28, 1932
7. JC-8472-A Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now (Razaf-Waller)-vDR Brunswick 6277
     
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby (v) accompanied by Isham Jones’ Orchestra; personnel probably as above, with Eddie Lang (g) added.
Chicago, April 23, 1932
8. JC-8592-A Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) Conqueror 9551
     
Isham Jones Orchestra
Isham Jones (ts) directing Johnny Carlson-Harold “Whitey” Moeller-Billy Scott (t), Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb), Ray Johnson-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Maynard “Saxie” Mansfield (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), Nick Hupfner (vln), James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), Jack Blanchette (vln,g), James Basil “Base” Dupre (bb,bsx), Richard Kissinger (sb,bb), Wally Lageson (d), Harlan Lattimore (v).
New York, May 16, 1932
9. B-11837-A Poor Butterfly (Golden-Hubbell)-vHL Brunswick 6338
     
Isham Jones and His Orchestra
Isham Jones (ts) directing George Thow-Clarence Willard (t), Jack Jenney-Sonny Lee-Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb), Milt Yaner-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Maynard “Saxie” Mansfield (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), 2 unknown (vln), probably James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), probably Jack Blanchette (g,vln), Joe Bishop (bb,fh), Richard Kissinger (sb), Wally Lageson (d).
Camden, NJ, August 17, 1932
10. 58975-2 Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia (Mitchell Parish-Frank Perkins)-vES Victor 24099
     
Camden, NJ, September 2, 1932
11. 58994-2 Everyone Says “I Love You” (Bert Kalmar- Harry Ruby)-vES Victor 24118
     
Isham Jones directing George Thow-Clarence Willard-Chelsea Quealey (t), Jack Jenney-Sonny Lee (tb), Milt Yaner-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Maynard “Saxie” Mansfield (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), probably James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), probably Jack Blanchette (g,vln), Joe Bishop (bb,fh), Richard Kissinger (sb), Wally Lageson (d), Frank Sylvano (v).
New York, December 16, 1932
12. 74696-1 It’s Winter Again (Freed-Hoffman-Goodhart)-vFS Victor 24207
13. 74697/8-1 It’s Winter Again (Freed-Hoffman-Goodhart) Victor T-75
     
Isham Jones (ts) directing George Thow-Johnny Carlson-Joe Hostetter (t), Jack Jenney-Sterling “Red” Ballard (tb), Milt Yaner-Victor Hauprich (cl,as), Maynard “Saxie” Mansfield (ts), Eddie Stone (vln,v), Nick Hupfner (vln), Howard Smith or James “Jiggs” Noble (p,arr), George Wartner or Jack Blanchette (g,vln), Joe Bishop (bb,fh), Richard Kissinger (sb,bb), Wally Lageson (d), Joe Martin (v).
Camden, NJ, October 3, 1933
14. 77837-1 That Dallas Man (Du Bois-Ellison-Brooks)-vJM Victor 24421
15. 77839-1 Doin’ The Uptown Lowdown (Mack Gordon- Harry Revel)-vJM Victor 24409
     
Gertrude Niesen
Gertrude Niesen (v) accompanied by Isham Jones and His Orchestra; same personnel as the October 3, 1933 session.
New York, October 13, 1933
16. 78202-1 Harlem On My Mind (Irving Berlin)-vGN Victor 24435
     
Isham Jones and His Orchestra
Same personnel as the October 3, 1933 session; Isham Jones does not play.
New York, December 15, 1933
17. 78859-2 You’re O.K. (Mitchell Parish-Mickey Bloom)-vES Victor 24500
     
New York, January 17, 1934
18. 81068-2 I Hate Myself (For Being So Mean To You) (Davis-Young-Ager)-vES Victor 24595
     
Same personnel, except Bishop omitted. Unknown male (M) and female (F) vocalist.
New York, April 1, 1934
19. BB-6971C22 Jimtown Blues (---) World Transcription 200.650
20. BB-6971C22 I Hate Myself For Being So Mean (sic) (---)-vF World Transcription 300.651
21. BB-6972B22 Riptide (---)-vM World Transcription 300.654
22. SS-6973-1 When You Climb The Golden Stairs (---)-vES World Transcription 300.657
23. SS-6973-1 I Wish I Were Twins (---)-vES World Transcription 300.660
     
Isham Jones and His Orchestra
Personnel same as December 16, 1932 session; Joe Martin-Eddie Stone (v).
New York, February 14, 1933
24. 75223-1 You’ve Got Me Crying Again (---)-vJM/Down A Carolina Lane (---)-vES/Honestly (---)-vJM Victor Program Transcription L-16021