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Princeton Triangle Jazz Band

Princeton Triangle Jazz Band "Complete Recordings" (1924-1932) VMP 0021 [Vintage Music Productions CD] The music that made this Princeton band the Ivy League of hot jazz. Includes a rare 1928 vocal by Hollywood actor, Jimmy Stewart. Also features Edwin "Squirrel" Ashcraft, co-founder of the Chicago Rhythm Club, and Herb Sanford, who wrote the first authoritative biography of the Dorsey Brothers. Digitally restored to compact disc by Bill Hebden. Liner notes by Jeff Hopkins. Order No. 31256

1. Sea Of Dreams [May 5, 1924]
2. Ships That Pass In The Night [May 5, 1924]
3. Join The Navy [May 13, 1924]
4. Pirate Gold [May 13, 1924]
5. I'll Build An Igloo For You [Dec 3, 1924]
6. My White Rose [Dec 3, 1924]
7. Indian Moon [Dec 22, 1924]
8. Broke Again [Dec 22, 1924]
9. Where Love Is King [Mar 27, 1926]
10. Twilight [Mar 27, 1926]
11. Pretty Please [Mar 27, 1926]
12. Gondola Maid [Mar 27, 1926]
13. Melody Moon [Apr 30, 1927]
14. Rhythmic Refrain [Apr 30, 1927]
15. You Know Who [Mar 31, 1928]
16. Everybody And You [Mar 31, 1928]
17. China Boy [Mar 31, 1928]
18. That's A Plenty [Mar 31, 1928]
19. Day After Day [May 1928]
20. Make Time [May 1928]
21. Strong Talk [Jan 1932]

The Princeton Triangle Jazz Band derives its name from the Triangle Club, a student organization that wrote and performed musical shows, at Princeton. In 1923, the band began composing, arranging and playing jazz numbers for these shows. Barely a year later, in 1924, they were in the studio, at Columbia, cutting the first of many recordings made until 1932.

Given the raw and often self-destructive world so frequently associated with the early days of jazz, one can hardly deny the improbability that a group of young and well-bred Ivy Leaguers might actually influence the course of "America's music." In fact, while exemplifying the best spirit of jazz innovation, these recordings provide more than a glimpse into the fertile loam of artistry that nurtured a rich legacy, not only to jazz, but to American culture in general. Consider the case of Herb Sanford (piano, 1924-27), whose later contributions to the idiom include the landmark biography, Tommy and Jimmy: The Dorsey Years, and Edwin "Squirrel" Ashcraft (accordion, 1926-28). Together with Helen Oakley, Ashcraft would found the Chicago Rhythm Club, a loose, though influential association of jazz musicians and promoters. Beginning in 1935, the Chicago Rhythm Club sponsored jam sessions, which included such notables as Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge and Teddy Wilson (as well as Sanford, Bill Priestley and Jack Howe, from the Princeton band). These jam sessions would, among other things, play an important role in the integration of bands, during the swing era. Finally, consider the case of Jimmy Stewart who, before becoming the talented screen actor that he was, can be heard providing vocals for the band's "Day After Day" (1928).

If such contributions to the music and culture are enough to prompt a closer look at the band from which so much talent was cultivated, be sure to take note of the inventiveness and versatility of the young musicians who comprised the group. In the discography, you will notice, for instance, that Frank Orvis is listed, on two sessions (both Dec 1924), as playing four instruments. This is not a typo. According to Herb Sanford, the pianist for these dates, Orvis was an impressive musician, who often doubled on a number of instruments. Other examples include Bill Priestley, who played guitar as well as cornet, and Avery Sherry, who, when called upon, could deliver a clarinet chorus that was as lively as his alto playing.


With Bill Priestly (cornet, banjo, guitar) * Frank Orvis (trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, accordion) * Clem Wells (trumpet) * Dick Turner (trumpet) * Theron Green (trombone) * Brainerd Kremer (clarinet, saxophone) * Philip Nash (saxophone) * Jack Howe (saxophone) * Avery Sherry (saxophone) * Kinney Ellis (saxophone) * Randy Hall (saxophone) * John Berkshire (saxophone) * Bill Thomas (saxophone) * Tom Ward (saxophone) * Jim Rodgers (bass saxophone) * Dave Danforth (violin) * Arnold Tietig (violin) * Herb Sanford (piano) * Deford Swann (piano) * Bill Green (piano) * Edwin "Squirrel" Ashcraft (accordion) * Ed Botsford (banjo, guitar) * J.D. Evans (banjo) * Doug McNamara (banjo) * Larry Braman (brass bass) * Palmer Lathrop (brass bass, string bass) * Kirk Gilmore (drums) * Don Mills (drums) * Bob Bole (drums) * Jimmy Stewart (the actor -- vocals).

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Order No. 31256

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