Tommy Ladnier - Centenary Issue
Steppin' On The Blues
Play That Thing.
Ida Cox's Lawdy, Lawdy Blues
Kentucky Man Blues.
Steppin On The blues
St Louis Shuffle
Dyin'By The Hour
Foolish Man Blues.
I've Found a New Baby
Maple Leaf Rag
Comin' On With The Come On
Really The Blues
When You and I Were Young Maggie
Royal garden Blues
If You See Me Comin'
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of This Jelly Roll
Everybody Loves My Baby
Double Crossin' Papa
ASVmono CD AJA5353 Living
USA around £7-8
Tommy Ladnier was born in Mandeville, Louisiana in 1900, by the time he was
14 he was having Trumpet lessons from Bunk Johnson and at the age of 18,
he was in Charlie Creath's Band in St Louis alongside the likes of Zutty
Singleton and Pops Foster. In 1924 he joined King Oliver's Band as a replacement
for a jazz legend, Louis Armstrong no less.
At the age of 13, when I first took an interest in jazz ( that was in 1949
by the way), the name of Tommy Ladnier was regularly on the lips of the jazz
fans of that time. To be honest, until I received this album, I had forgotten
about him and this album was a welcome reminder. He is heard in many different
Bands and the record covers the period 1923 to 1939, the year of his death.
He lived in France for a couple of years in about 1930 and returned to the
USA in 1932, to join the Noble Sissle Band, leaving in 1923 to join Sidney
Bechet's New Orleans Feetwarmers. The 1926 Fletcher Henderson recording of
The Chant is included on the album, it is a classic Big Band track of the
Between 1934 and 38, the popularity of "hot" negro music faded in the USA
and Ladnier could not get work as a musician. In 1938 Hughes Panassie, the
famous French jazz critic arrived in the USA, with a mission to record a
band that epitomised the best in New Orleans music. With some difficulty,
Ladnier was located and in conjunction with Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet and
others, he created some of the finest jazz of the 1930's . Several tracks
of this band are included on the album. Ladnier was back in business in a
big way, it was unfortunate therefore that only a year later he died of a
heart attack at the age of 39.
The ASV team are to be congratulated on the production of an album which
recalls the short life of a very under rated Trumpet player.
Don Mather is a Saxophone Player and Bandleader based in