10/3/17

Tab Smith and His Orchestra

Alto saxophonist Tab Smith played with a number of swing bands in the 30s and 40s (Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Henry "Red" Allen, Teddy Wilson, Frank Newton, Billy Kyle, Count Basie, and Lucky Millinder) before forming his own small band in 1944. He kept recording up until 1960 but played mainly rhythm & blues in the later years. Swedish label Saxophograph has released three LPs worth of material (48 tracks in total) from the 40s and 50s.

The band was hired as a house band at the Savoy for about five years in the mid-late-40s; Joy! At the Savoy is one out of four tracks they recorded that celebrate their residency there.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord:

Tab Smith and His Orchestra: Frank Galbreath, Russell Royster (tp) Tab Smith (as,vcl) Johnny Hicks (ts) Larry Belton (bar) Red Richards (p) Johnny Williams (b) Walter Johnson (d)

New York, c. September 1945
IN71      Joy! At the Savoy (ts vcl)        Southern 124

LP source: Joy! At The Savoy (Saxophonograph BP-509)


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