I never heard of Sam Davis save a saxophonist by that name who worked for Benny Carter's band.The only pianist I knew of who worked with King Oliver was Luis Russell.
--- On Tue, 9/16/08, Tommer <tommersl@...> wrote:
From: Tommer <tommersl@...>
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Sam Davis recording
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 10:02 AM
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogro ups.com, Michael Rader <Rader.Michael@ ...>
> No, it's all the same Sam Davis, including the pianist listed for
the King Oliver sesion (in italics, hence not definitely confirmed).
Prof. was a sort of honorary title given to pianists.
> Michael Rader
> > Indeed I suspect as well that maybe there is more than one Sam
> > http://www.doctorja zz.co.uk/ portnewor. html
> > There is Prof. Sam Davis mentioned in the 1911 article:
> > Was our Sam Davis a prof. ?
I still have a little problem to understand all this. Jelly Roll
"I met Handy in 1908. I learned that he not been in Memphis very long
from his home town, Henderson, Ky."
"He was known as Prof. Handy in Memphis (whoever heard of anyone
wearing the title `professor of music' advocate ragtime syncopation,
blues or jazz?)."
http://www.doctorja zz.co.uk/ page10bc. html
If this was so easy to call a piano man "prof.", Morton was swimming
the same waters at the same era as Sam Davis, and is supposed to know
that Handy is as a prof. as his buddy Mr Davis.
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