Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Discographical Forum

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Discographical Forum

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This column is designed to encourage the interest of members in the entire range of discographical jazz research. Dick will emphasize the earliest period of collecting, beginning in the 1920s, and Malcolm from the late 1930s and up. However, both of us Will happily overlap. Apart from independent research and articles from members, the column also will include small discographies and label listings, reviews of discographically related books and papers, and a continual update on work in progress among members. Each entry will have an 'MW' (Malcolm Walker) or a 'DR' (Dick Raichelson) preceding it, along with a number, allowing for easy reference and correspondence. The name of the individual who submitted the information will appear below the entry heading. Any corrections or additions to an entry should be forwarded to either Malcolm or Dick. These updates will appear in a future edition of the Forum. But mainly it will be an open forum for your questions and research. Please submit information to either:

DR/211: Johnny Guarnieri

Submitted by Derek Coller

Looking at the Johnny Guarnieri discography I see that there are two 78 rpm issues with very little information. Can any member provide the missing details?

Johnny Guarnieri

Have A Heart/What Did You Bring For Me

Opportune 1

Johnny Guarnieri and his orchestra

Midnight At Malibu/Soft Lights

Omega 711

A cassette or CD-R of the music would be very welcome too! (

DR/212: King Oliver's Zulu's Ball, the second copy

Submitted by Dick Raichelson

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band recorded Zulu's Ball and five other tunes for Gennett in October 1923. Recently, in "Ate's Discographical Ramblings," VJM #164, two opinions were given as to why the six recordings from that session were withdrawn. I later submitted information that all titles were listed in the Advance Record Bulletin of Talking Machine World, December 15, 1923. To me, this supported the opinion that the records were withdrawn due to a technical problem with the masters. Certainly, this underscores the rarity of Zulu's Ball.

In reviewing issues of Down Beat for a project, the title from one of George Hoefer's "The Hot Box" jumped from the page (May 19, 1950). Long buried with time, perhaps many have forgotten about it. The title, "Tearful Reader Says She Had Copy Of Zulu's Ball," says it all. Mr. Hoefer writes that in the fall of 1949, he was asked which was the rarest and most valuable of all jazz records. His reply was that a mint copy of Zulu's Ball would be worth quite a bit. Since the Biltmore reissue did not have good sound quality, reproduction from a mint copy would sell like hot cakes. The Associated Press picked up the story and mentioned that the record would be worth $1000.

George received a letter from a young housewife from Cicero, Illinois, who had read the press report. Apparently, much distressed, the writer told how her mother had left her some albums of phonograph records which she stored on top of a cabinet. One album fell, breaking all of the records but one. The writer said that, "one of the records...was positively Gennett 5275, Zulu's Ball. The one that didn't break had the title, Foolish Child, very appropriate for the accident prone writer.

Now, let's see. If the record broke into sizeable pieces, they might still be worth something, similar to the bricks which constituted the Gennett recording studio. The charge for a piece of the label would, of course, be higher.

MW/124 (additional): Tiny Kahn (refer MW/121)

Submitted by Dave Green

Session number 45 in the Tiny Kahn book, which is by the Kai Winding Sextet, recorded at Birdland on 3 September 1951. …

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