Personnel includes: Bix Beiderbecke (cornet, piano); Bing Crosby (vocals); Jimmy Dorsey (alto saxophone, clarinet); Frankie Traumbauer (C-melody saxophone); Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Benny Goodman (clarinet); Joe Venuti (violin); Eddie Lang (guitar); Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra; The Wolverines; Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra.
Recorded between 1924 & 1930. Includes liner notes by Vic Bellerby.
Personnel: Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Irene Taylor, Joe Venuti, Matty Malneck, Bing Crosby (vocals); Eddie Lang (guitar, banjo); Carl Kress (guitar); Bob Gillette, Howdy Quicksell (banjo); Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet); Don Murray , Jimmy Hartwell, Benny Goodman (clarinet, alto saxophone); Doc Ryker (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bobby Davis (alto saxophone); George "Happy" Johnson , Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone); Min Leibrook, Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone); Fred Farrar, Charlie Margulis, Ray Lodwig (trumpet); Bill Rank, Lloyd Turner, Al Gande, Miff Mole, Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Frank Signorelli (piano, drums); Itzy Riskin, Paul Mertz, Dick Voynow, Irving Brodsky, Rube Bloom (piano); Gene Krupa, Harold McDonald, Tom Gargano, Vic Moore, Chauncey Morehouse (drums).
Liner Note Author: Vic Bellerby.
Recording information: New York, NY (02/18/1924-09/08/1930); Richmond, IN (02/18/1924-09/08/1930).
Illustrator: Mike Doyle.
Photographer: Max Jones.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra; Bix Beiderbecke & The Chicago Cornets; Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra; The Wolverines ; Bix Beiderbecke; Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang; Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
Whitney Balliet, one of jazz's most poetic and respected writers, remarked on Bix Beiderbecke's distinctive three-dimensional sound, achieved despite the primitiveness of his recordings from the 1920s. Indeed, a certain amount of dedication on behalf of a 21st-century listener is handy when dealing with the sound of transferred 78s. But in the case of Beiderbecke the payoff from close listening is well rewarded. He was a legend in his own time and by the end of his short career he had worked his way up to the highest-paying band in the land, Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. Flashes of Beiderbecke's melodic brilliance and inventiveness abound on AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL on dates led by himself and others.
On "Jazz Me Blues," one can hear a solo that for a long time was considered the only way to play the tune. "Cryin' All Day" features Bix matched with his early saxophone-pioneer partner Frank Trumbauer. And Willard Robinson's charming, Gershwin-esque "Jubilee," while not featuring any Bix soloing, is a wonderfully succinct, early-jazz tone poem. Though the hi-jinks on "Mississippi Mud" are not PC by contemporary standards, don't miss a very young Bing Crosby in a cameo appearance.