Pop Korn wrote:Do any of you experts out there know which early jazz recordings featuring tubas as opposed to string basses? Many seem to have only the odd number with a tuba - even King Oliver etc.
I made three CDs of dixieland tuba-solos for my own amusement:
1) c. 1920-1950s,
2) middle-period solos (c. 1960-1970s), and
3) modern solos (1980's to today).
Some of the early tuba-soloists and bands were (many of which can be heard at http://www.redhotjazz.com
“Weird Blues”, Hayes Alvis (Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces)
“Sau Sha Stomp”, Lawson Buford (Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces)
“Panama”, ‘Chink’ Martin Abraham (Johnnie Miller’s New Orleans Frolickers)
“Candy Lips”, Cyrus St. Clair (Clarence Williams and His Orchestra)
“Bass Ale Blues”, Joe Tarto (The Hottentots)
“Do Shuffle”, Clinton Walker (Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra)
“When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba”, Joe ‘Country’ Washburne (Spike Jones and his Other Orchestra)
“Big Bass Horn Blues”, Phil Stephens (Pete Daily’s Dixieland Band)
The best of these may have been Clinton Walker, of whom almost nothing is known, but Cyrus St. Clair, Joe Tarto, and Country Wasburne are giants in early-jazz tuba.