American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #22


The Book-Nook Jazzophiles
(featuring Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke on cornet)

7 comments:

swac said...

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a young Hoagy Carmichael on trombone? (This was around the time Bix and Hoagy became friends at Indiana University.)

I know Hoagy attempted to play cornet for a while, maybe he's just posing with the trombone due to lack of a piano.

D T said...

Don't know if that's Hoagy, but the Book Nook was a popular hangout on the Indiana University campus in those days. Supposedly Hoagy wrote "Stardust" at the Book Nook.

Harry Kay said...

Real question, what's the snake for?

swac said...

It accompanied their rendition of Mad About the Boa.

JonCow said...

Is that your trombone slide, or are you just glad to see me?

finnandnaeva said...

Actually this is Jean Goldkette Orchestra not the Book-Nook Jazzophiles. The photo was taken at the Bronx Zoo, NYC, in October , 1926. Hoagy isnt present. The trombone players are Spiegle Willcox and Bill Rank (Bill is the one behind the snake guy).Incidentally the only know film footage of Bix is also from this same Zoo trip.

finnandnaeva said...

This photo and the last one in your series, the one with all the dudes on the roof of the bus? Its the same trip, the Autumn tour of 1926. Have a look at the guy on the bonnet of the bus, Steve Brown the bass player, he's holding a 45!