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The River Boat Five Vinyl Record Albums

A fine if now forgotten dixieland band, the Riverboat Five played no-nonsense New Orleans jazz during the second half of the 1950's. Founded and led by clarinetist Ed Reed, the original group consisted of cornetist Ted Butterman, trombonist Wray Thomas, pianist Keller Merck, banjoist Dargan Fitch, tuba player Ed Tedder (who doubled on tenor), and drummer Jim Lunsford. Originally based in Atlanta, the band developed their group sound while playing for three years in Atlanta at a garage that was converted into a nightclub. After working in the Southwest, they.gained some fame in Las Vegas where they were signed to play eight weeks a year for the Dunes Hotel during 1957-61. The Riverboat Five (which was always a septet) also caught on well enough in New York to become a popular attraction at Bourbon Street. They recorded six Lps for Mercury during 1958-61 (none of which have been reissued on CD). While the first three were cut in Chicago with the group's original lineup the fourth and fifth were made in Los Angeles with such notable names as tenorsaxophonist Eddie Miller, guitarist Nappy Lamare, either Ray Bauduc or Nick Fatool on drums, trombonist Bob Havens and trumpeter Dick Cathcart. The group's final effort was cut with an expanded lineup live in New Orleans in 1961. Throughout their career, the Riverboat Five mostly stuck to dixieland warhorses (with occasional exceptions) but Hall's arrangements and the musicians' general enthusiasm made their renditions sound fresh and lively.



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From Natchez To Mobile
The River Boat Five
From Natchez To Mobile
MG 20378
Mercury Record Label; Album cover and record appear new; Mono recording; Track listing: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise; Yellow Dog Blues; Twelfth Street Rag; St. Louis Blue; Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing); Dardanella; Colonel Bogey; Lazy River; Caravan
The Riverboat Five In Person at the Banjo Palace New Orleans
The River Boat Five
The River Boat Five In Person at the Banjo Palace New Orleans
Mercury Record Label; Stereo recording; Track listing: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise; Ja-Da; The Sheik Of Araby; Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home; Shine; Washington And Lee Swing; China Boy (Go Sleep); Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans; Bourbon Street Parade; Basin Street Blues; The Darktown Strutters' Ball

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