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The Bay City Jazz Band

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Album Review

The Bay City Jazz Band at the time of this, their debut recording, were on average between 21 and 25 years of age. Firmly entrenched as standard-bearers of the San Francisco scene started a few years earlier by Lu Watters' Yerba Buene Jazz Band, the BCJB were masters of ensemble playing, blending in a way that few trad Dixieland bands seldom accomplish. The band shines brightly on Louis Armstrong's "My Heart," "Alligator Blues," and "Potato Head Blues." Given equally fine treatment are King Oliver's "Doctor Jazz," and "Snake Rag." Though not a big name, the BCJB nonetheless made some mighty fine music; this is a hidden jazz treasure for traditionally minded fans.

Biography

Formed: 1955

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '00s

Inspired by the Yerba Buena Jazz Band and Turk Murphy, trombonist Sanford Newbauer and cornetist Everett Farey organized the Bay City Jazz Band in March 1955. The talented young musicians (whose average ages were 25) started playing regularly in public the following month. The band was fortunate enough to meet the retired Lu Watters, who gave them some of his arrangements. By July they were playing regularly at the Sail'N in downtown San Francisco on weekends. Their original lineup, in addition to...
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