5/14/17

Stuff Smith and His Onyx Club Boys

In 1935, jazz violinist Stuff Smith formed a small band that played regularly at the Onyx Club on West 52nd Street in New York. The sextet included trumpeter Jonah Jones, who made his first recordings with this group.

Here we hear the insane I'se A Muggin' in a live broadcast version from February 1936, recorded less than two weeks after the studio version. This version includes two minutes of "I'se A Muggin' Musical Numbers Game (pt 2)" at the end, and you can hear the audience laughing along with it. The Aircheck LP describes the song as "an absolutely delightful piece of vocal nonsense", and it became something of a trademark for Smith.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Stuff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys: Jonah Jones (tp) Stuff Smith (vln,vcl) Raymond Smith (p) Bobby Bennett (g) Mack Walker (b) John Washington (d)

WJZ Broadcast "Paul Whiteman Show", New York, February 23, 1936
    I'se A Muggin' (ss,ens vcl)  

LP Source: Aircheck #1


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