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Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: Bennie Moten (was Jejo/Jari)

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  • Howard Rye
    This Bennie Moten seems to be a biographical blank. His name also appears as Motton and Morton (leading to a further confusion with the trombone player). He
    Message 1 of 11 , Aug 11, 2008
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      This Bennie Moten seems to be a biographical blank. His name also appears as
      Motton and Morton (leading to a further confusion with the trombone player).

      He was touring with Joe Jordan¹s 10 Sharps & Flats in 1925-6, evidently came
      to New York City where he made the Williams recordings, wnet off again with
      Jordan in late- August 1926, was again in the East from about December 1926
      into Spring 1927, but was then in Chicago where he was a pallbearer at
      Ollie Powers¹s funeral (April 1928), on the West Coast (worked with Curtis
      Mosby & Sonny Clay) from June to August 1928, and is last reported in
      Detroit in April 1929, then silence.

      Detroit was his home because the Defender of 23 July 1927 refers to him
      making a visit home to Detroit.

      on 11/08/2008 02:17, uli at ulibiller@... wrote:

      > No, not THE Bandleander Moten. They are talking ´bout an
      > clarinetplayer who only recorded in the mid 1920´s, mostly with
      > Clarence Williams Groups.
      > Really nothing to do with the pianoplayer and bandleader of
      > Kansas!!
      > Good start with the new week!
      > Uli
      > Dan Van Landingham <danvanlandingham@...> wrote:
      >> > I take it that the Bennie Moten you mentioned regarding Carmello
      > Jejo was NOT the Bennie
      >> > Moten who worked in Kansas City in the '20s until his death in 1935
      > following a tonsillecto-
      >> > my on a pool table in Kansas City.The Bennie Moten I know of did
      > make a couple of trips
      >> > to Camden,New Jersey to record for RCA in 1932.
      > Taking of Ramon Usera:
      > he made recordings with all the Noble Sissle Bands between 1929 to
      > 1924. Sissle made an shortie to the British Pathe , Jan. 1930.
      > According to the list of Bandmembers by the Sissle Band, Usera is with
      > the Pathefilm (the film is on youtube).
      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiTHBP3NP08
      > Also with this Band is Arthur Briggs on tp., a star of his own in
      > Europe of the 20´s.
      > Re: Bennie Moten a Bennie Motton is listed as the clarinet player on a
      > Joe Jordan big band from 1926 in the same page of McCarthy's book,
      > presume it to be Bennie Moten, who played clarinet and alto on some
      > 1926 Clarence Wiiliams sessions (usually mid 1926, I believe moist
      > sources pin Bennie for the Blue Grass Footwarmers' sessions, ex.
      > Harmony 248, a really nice version of "Old Folks Shuffle" fine
      > clarinet). Jari is usually listed for the first couple Williams
      > sessions in 1927, before Leon Abbey went to South America. Both
      > clarinet players are above the grade we usually find in NYC, though I
      > am beginning to think (after hearing the Bearcats again) that Jari was
      > actually a first rank player, good reader and a fine soloist on the
      > clarinet, we may have our man for Flo (and "One O Clock Blues", he is
      > in town and was possible able for the session), had he not died in 1929.
      >> > One other bit, the LeRoy Tibbs 78 ("One O Clock Blues"/"I Got Worry"
      > Columbia 14309), has a clarinet solo on One O Clock that matches
      > somewhat the approach to Jari's work ands RHF, more interesting is
      > that the clarinet on "I Got Worry" matches Arville Harris, but there
      > is a baritone sax solo of some quality, could Jari be the third reed
      > player on this session? The Tibbs band was one that LeRoy inherited
      > because of Ollie Ross had a disagreement with the management on what
      > drummer was to play in the band. One should note that Ollie Ross is
      > identified with the Lew Leslie Blackbird revues, that Jari, Usera etc
      > played with- and recorded 2 78's for Brunswick, one backing Adeline
      > hall, the other instrumental) . The instrumental 78 on Brunswick
      > (issued so well on Harrison LP R) has a fantastic clarinet solo by
      > Jari on "Bandana Babies", I think he may well be the same man as on
      > Red Hot Flo and One O Clock Blues (but do not discount the possibilty
      > of Moten, if
      >> > he is the clarinet on Harmony 248. Like the Leslie band very much,
      > BTW (the flip side has a nice unison clarinet section, but rather odd
      > solos by Socrras on flute and Usera on tenor)
      >> > Kudos to both Michael and Howard on this one, I am fascinated by all
      > of this, thanks Yves
      >> >
      >> > BTW Michael, was it Jim Europe who searched for clarinet players
      > from PR in the late teens for the marching band, because there were
      > not proficient enough clarinet players in NYC in 1917, I seem to
      > remember this, and I think the connections of Puerto Rico and Harlem
      > goes back much further than salsa and Machito (indeed, one of the
      > reedmen Howard mentioned from the Blackbirds band of 1928, Ramon
      > Usera, is directly responsible for the arrangements on the Victor
      > recordings of Daniel Santos, a superstar of proto salsa music), all
      > the best
      >>> > > Jejo's (he also play baritone sax), although Demas Dean
      >>> > > says Otto Mikell played the baritone sax solos and that Jejo
      >>> > > was responsible for the clarinet. The Abbey band arrived in
      >>> > > Rio de Janiero on 25 May 1927, which means that Jejo/Jari
      >>> > > could have been on any of the Clarence Williams recordings
      >>> > > before May 1927.
      >>> > >
      >>> > > Jejo was also in the band for Lew Leslie's Blackbirds
      >>> > > of 1928. His section mates also had latin-American names -
      >>> > > Albert Socarras and Raymond Or Ramon) Usera. The third
      >>> > > member of the Bearcats reed section was tenor
      >>> > > saxist/clarinetist Ramon Hernandez - which indicates a
      >>> > > concentration of Caribbean reed players in New York in the
      >>> > > 1920s.

      Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
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