At the Italian Village

At the Italian Village

by Turk Murphy


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After the breakup of Lu Watters's Yerba Buena Jazz Band in late 1950, San Francisco had a lot more talent in the traditional jazz area than it did actual employment. Fortunately a Sunday afternoon concert held Jan. 6, 1952 at the Italian Village night club that featured trombonist Turk Murphy was so successful that the venue became a haven for classic jazz for the next two years. The music, never before released, debuted on this very enjoyable CD. Not only was Murphy reunited with such Watters alumni as pianist Wally Rose and clarinetist Bob Helm but this date was one of the earliest performances of a housewife turned singer Claire Austin who would have a successful career through the rest of the decade. Murphy's septet (with trumpeter Don Kinch) performs a dozen hot jazz selections (four with powerful vocals by Austin in the Bessie Smith tradition) and the CD is rounded out by nine numbers from 1953 featuring a trumpetless quintet with Murphy, Helm and Rose. This very spirted CD is highly recommended for Dixieland fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/1995
Label: Merry Makers
UPC: 0046951321023
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 135687

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Turk Murphy   Primary Artist,Trombone,Vocals,Washboard
Claire Austin   Vocals
Wally Rose   Piano,Soloist
Bob Helm   Clarinet,Vocals
Don Kinch   Trumpet
Dick Lammi   Banjo
Bob Short   Tuba
Monte Ballou   Banjo

Technical Credits

Paul Barbarin   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
John Gill   Producer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Jim Holzmann   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Artie Matthews   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Henry Troy   Composer
James Dempsey   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer
George Mitchell   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
K.O. Eckland   Graphic Design
Jimmie Cox   Composer
William Carter   Liner Notes

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