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Fresh transfers of rare acetate discs
from the
Selman Collection,
and other rarities

I. YBJB acetate disc sides
Selman collection, unissued

A. Misc:

CHIMES BLUES - Dawn Club, 1941 [with intro announce]
    Ellis Horne (clarinet), probably Hi Gates (trombone), Lammi (tuba)

PANAMA - Dawn Club, 1941
    probably same

B.  Recordio discs (fiber-core) in poor condition, YBJB Dawn Club 5.22.42
Selman collection, mostly unissued:

SUNSET CAFE STOMP - Dawn Club  5.22.42 - Selman Collection

ROYAL GARDEN BLUES - Dawn Club 5.22.42 - Selman Collection
    Watters, Scobey, Murphy, Horne, Rose, Hayes (banjo, vocal), Bennett, Dart

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND - Dawn Club  5.22.42 - Selman Collection
    Watters, Scobey, Murphy, Horne, Rose, Hayes, Bennett, Lammi, Dart
    Vocalist may be Bob Best (who announced the band at the Dawn Club).

CLARINET MARMALADE - Dawn Club 5.22.42 - Selman Collection
    same as “A Good Man...”
SENSATION RAG + announce - Dawn Club 5.22.42 - Selman Collection  
[labeled “Fidgety Feet, Dawn Club” in pencil]
    as above, Squire Girsback (bass)
IRISH BLACK BOTTOM - Selman Collection
    (Very poor condition, fragment of previously issued disc.)

C.  Pat Patton’s Frisco Jazz Band
Selman collection, unissued:



Bob Scobey (trumpet, vocal?)
Bob Helm (clarinet)
Turk Murphy (trombone, washboard)
Burt Bales (piano)
Patton (string bass)

This disc is clearly labeled, Pat Patton Frisco Jazz Band, concert at Oakland City Library. 

Hal Smith: “Date and personnel are probably 1947; Scobey (vocal), Turk doubles on washboard.”

II. Previously issued YBJB acetate disc sides
Selman collection, issued sides

These disc recordings of the ‘orthodox’ band line-up have been previously published by Fairmont, SFTJF, Good Time Jazz, Jazz Man or other specialty labels:

EMPEROR NORTON'S HUNCH -- Dawn Club, 1946 [or Hambone Kelly’s]

THE CASCADES - Dawn Club, 1946
    featuring Wally  Rose (piano), Mordecai , Lammi, Dart

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS' BALL - ABC/KGO [Dawn Club 1946, vocal by Turk]
    Hal Smith:  “One of my favorite live recordings by the YBJB.  Listen to the ensemble chorus after the verse, with Scobey playing lead.  The band is really stomping, and starting to play a double ending to go out, but Lu holds a C for two bars, taking them into another chorus that is even hotter!”

OSTRICH WALK - [label says Fidgety Feet - 1946, ABC/KGO sign-off]

GET IT RIGHT - Dawn Club, 1946 [“Hambone Kelly’s, Helm” written in pencil].
    Hal Smith:  “Helm plays a verse that is not really part of the song.  You may recognize it as the main theme of "Little John's Rag" by Turk.  He said that he wrote the verse to make "Get It Right" a more interesting song, but that Lu ultimately didn't like the additional part.”

GOT DEM BLUES - [label says Minstrels of Annie Street] - Dawn Club, 1946
    Watters, Scobey, Murphy, Helm, Rose, Mordecai, Lammi, Dart.

TROMBONE RAG - Dawn Club, 1946 [“YBJB Broadcast” in pencil.]
     Turk Murphy composition and featured soloist.

PASTIME RAG #5 - Dawn Club, 1946 [“Hambone’s on label in pencil.]
       featuring Wally  Rose (piano)

[Each side of the disc below has “Dawn Club” or “Hambones” added in pencil.]

MEMPHIS BLUES with announce & DIPPERMOUTH fragment - Dawn Club, 1946 [Dawn Club in pencil on label.]
    Helm? (clarinet), Turk Murphy (trombone), Dick Lammi (tuba)

THE PEARLS - Dawn Club, 1946 [Hambone’s in pencil on label.]
       featuring Wally  Rose (piano)

Note on the Selman collection discs:

The two dozen extremely rare Yerba Buena air shots and private recordings in this collection were amassed over decades by Bill Raynolds, and are currently in the possession of Frank Selman who has made them available. 

Recorded between c. 1941-50, the dates and locations are provided where available, but many disc labels are erroneous.  About half have been previously issued in small numbers by specialty labels such as Fairmont, Down Home, or The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation.

Mostly recorded at or from the Dawn Club, they include some of the players who substituted during WW II such as: Bill Bardin (trombone), Burt Bales (piano), Russ Bennett (banjo) or Squire Girsback (tuba).  Clarinet players are Bob Helm or Ellis Horne.

Disc condition and sound quality vary widely.
Despite my restoration efforts a great deal of disc noise remains audible in these historic musical artifacts.

Thanks to Hal Smith for research and assistance.

Disc transfers by Eric Jacobs of
Audio Archive.

III. More rare YBJB, courtesy of San Francisco Trad Jazz Foundation
(Data cited where available):

Friendless Blues & announce - YBJB.mp3
    Dawn Club broadcast, possibly Benny Strickler (trumpet), late 1942

Jazzin' Babies Blues - YBJB
    Dawn Club broadcast, Benny Strickler (trumpet), late 1942

Skid-Dat-De-Dat - YBJB

Irish Black Bottom - YBJB
    Compete (issued) take similar to fragment above.

Kansas City Stomps - YBJB
    No tuba.

Maple Leaf Rag - YBJB
    Incomplete at start, Ellis Horne (clarinet) 3.41

St. James Infirmary - YBJB
    Ellis Horne (clarinet), Clancy Hayes (banjo)
    Probably rehearsal for Dawn Club, 3.31.41

Smokey Mokes - YBJB
    Possibly from Rudi Blesh “This is Jazz” broadcast.

Willie the Weeper - YBJB
    Possibly from Rudi Blesh “This is Jazz” broadcast.

YBJB-related links (this site):

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