Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Trails - Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys - Here Comes The Man With The Jive (1936)

Stuff Smith (Violin and Vocals), born Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith in Ohio in 1909, played in his father's band from the age of 9, then with Alphonso Trent's territory band and also with Jelly Roll Morton in New York before getting together with Jonah Jones (Trumpet and Vocals) and Cozy Cole (Drums) to play regularly at New York's Onyx Club on Fifty Second Street. The tune, like a number of pre-war songs, celebrates the medicinal properties of marijuana. (We featured another last year).

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