Secret 6 Jazz Band – Centennial Tribute to King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (CD)


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Release Date: 2023

Label: Independent


Track List

  • Just Gone (P. Johnson) (2:52)

  • Snake Rag (J. Oliver) (3:58)

  • Chimes Blues (J. Oliver) (2:47)

  • Buddys Habit (A. Nelson, C. Straight) (3:20)

  • Sobbin Blues (A. Kassell, Burton) (2:59)

  • Mabels Dream (I. Smith) (3:03)

  • Jazzin Babies Blues (R. Jones) (2:46)

  • Tears (L. Armstrong) (3:18)

  • Riverside Blues (R. Jones) (2:49)

  • Alligator Hop (J. Oliver, A. Picou) (2:30)

  • Weather Bird Rag (L. Armstrong) (2:55)

  • Mandy Lee Blues (M. Bloom, W. Melrose) (2:08)

  • Froggie Moore Rag (J. Morton) (4:34)

  • Dippermouth Blues (J. Oliver, L. Armstrong) (4:41)



Zach Lange – trumpet, vocals track 13
Nathan Wolman – trumpet
Hunter Burgamy – guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, vocals track 5,8,12,16
Haruka Kikuchi – trombone
James McClaskey – banjo, vocals track 3,7,11,14,17
John Joyce – upright bass, vocals track 2,9,18
Defne “Dizzy” Incirlioglu – washboard
Jory Woodis – clarinet, saxophone
Satoru Ohashi – trombone, trumpet track 12
Craig Flory – clarinet


This is our Centennial Tribute To King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Recorded at the New Orleans Jazz Museum April 6, 2023. Oliver is still the king!

100 years ago in April of 1923 Joe “King” Oliver took his Creole Jazz Band to record at the Gennet Studios in Richmond Indiana. In addition to Oliver on cornet, the personnel included his protégé Louis Armstrong on second cornet, Baby Dodds on drums, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Lil Hardin on piano, Honoré Dutrey on trombone, and Bill Johnson on double bass and banjo. Recordings made by this group in 1923 demonstrated the New Orleans style of collective improvisation and brought it to a larger audience.

As mentor to Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, Oliver taught young Louis and gave him his job in Kid Ory’s band when he went to Chicago. A few years later Oliver summoned him to Chicago to play with his band. Louis remembered Oliver as “Papa Joe” and considered him his idol and inspiration. In his autobiography, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans Armstrong wrote: “It was my ambition to play as he did. I still think that if it had not been for Joe Oliver, jazz would not be what it is today.”

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