- Aug 7, 2008I've been listening to to Savoy Bearcats Victors and looking for what
information there is on Mr. Jari.
The most complete information is in Walter C. Allen's "Hendersonia",
which has a paragraph in the biographical section of the book. Jari was
apparently known as Jejo, pronounced Yay-yo and came either from Cuba
or Puerto Rico and was in New York as early as 1921. He died in
The Savoy Bearcat sides have a clarinet sounding very much like the
New Orleans Johnny Dodds school of playing - he is featured at some
length on a couple of titles, notably "Senegalese Stomp" and "How
Could I be Blue" in passages considerably looser that the surrounding
arrangement - the piano is active and loose and I think brass bass and
banjo drop out. This is usually identified as Jari, although there are
two other reed players present.
The work is quite consistent with some of the clarinet work on the
Clarence Williams Washboard Band recordings of the 1926/27 period with
the caution that he was on tour with the Leon Abbey Bearcats in South
America at some time during 1927.
Since the alternative for the "Red Hot Flo" clarinetist seems to be
Bennie Moten, where are authenticated samples of Moten's playing? His
identification on most Williams sides seems to be of conjectural nature.
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