Booker T Wingfield - WAS Guy Kelly
- Booker T. Wingfield (cornet) was born at Demopolis, AL on 20 May 1903 (according to shipping records when he returned to the USA from Europe with his father in 1933).
However he was shown as aged 18 when he was enumerated at Montgomery, Alabama in 1920, suggesting a birth year of 1901.
He is primarily known for his work in Chicago as an associate of Cow Cow Davenport.
His address in 1933 was 416 South Micon, Greemsboro, NC, and he was still residing in Greensboro when he died on 18 December 1979. He never married.
----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Greenwood
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 7:22 PM
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Guy Kelly
> From what I've heard so far (and that's what aroused my curiosity)
Kelly was a very talented player. Like his friend Punch Miller he
gave credence to the argument that, great as he undoubtedly was,
Louis Armstrong was not the only catfish in the New Orlean sea!
> I well recall one of the old New Orleans players telling me
that "Armstrong was a great player, but Punch had the fastest
> Anyone who listens to those trio recordings that John Steiner made -
particularly High Society - would have to agree.
> Who's next?
> Tig Chambers?
> B.T. Wingfield?
> Horsecollar Draper?
> Murph Steinberg?
> Martin Finn?
> And thanks, Robert, or your assistance on Guy...
> Tony Standish
My pleasure, Tony. Our friend Michael Rader also contributed some
very useful information.
For those interested in the Punch Miller tracks referred to by Tony,
they can be found on Prelude to the Revival Volume 1 on AMCD-40.
This CD consists of non-commercial recordings made in New Orleans
from 1937 - 1941 (rescued from obscurity by Barry Martyn) and gives
us a brief, tantalising, and largely lo-fi glimpse into a lost
period, as far as recording was concerned, for New Orleans music,
although the Punch tracks, made in Chicago, have reasonably good
sound. The bands featured include Kid Howard's Band, Andy Anderson's
Pelican State Jazz Band, the line -up of which includes one Leonard
Mitchell on guitar and vocal, presumably the same Leonard Mitchell
who plays banjo and sings on the 1927 Louis Dumaine Victors, Duke
Derbigny's Orchestra, Joe Thomas' Dixieland Band, and the Punch
Miller session recorded at the H&T Tavern, Chicago on 28th January
1941. Recent comments in defence of William Russell notwithstanding,
none of the bands featured on this CD sounds anything like a
revivalist band. The sleeve includes a photograph of Kid Howard's pre-
war band with Howard wearing a very cool pair of two-tone shoes and
standing next to a sign that assures us that as long as the kitty is
kept well-fed, the band will play any tune requested. Contrast this,
if you will, with the list of approved tunes painted on the wall
behind the bar at the Dawn Club.
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- on 5/4/07 6:51, Prof_Hi_Jinx at prof_hi_jinx@... wrote:
>Booker T. Wingfield (cornet) was born at Demopolis, AL on 20 May 1903For anyone interested there is a detailed chronology of Wingfield's career
>(according to shipping records when he returned to the USA from Europe with his
>father in 1933).
>However he was shown as aged 18 when he was enumerated at Montgomery, Alabama
>in 1920, suggesting a birth year of 1901.
>He is primarily known for his work in Chicago as an associate of Cow Cow
by Chris Smith in Names & Numbers 38 (July 2006), 19-22.
The Demopolis birthplace is also confirmed by Swedish records, but North
Carolina records show his birthplace as Jefferson, AL, which is about 10
miles from Demopolis. This is probably just a "where the hell is that?", oh,
it's near Jefferson.
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