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Lu Watters

He was a young jazz trumpeter in love with a style of music that reached its creative peak while he was still in diapers. Wynton Marsalis? No...Lu Watters, one of the leading New Orleans revivalists of the 1940s. Watters was a die-hard fan of King Oliver's Original Creole Jazz Band (which included a young Louis Armstrong); his Yerba Buena Jazz Band featured the two-trumpet lineup made famous by Oliver. Watters and the other white revivalists believed in the primacy of early jazz -- specifically, the music made in New Orleans by black musicians during the '10s and '20s -- eschewing subsequent stylistic developments like swing and bop. The Yerba Buena Jazz Band was founded in 1939 and Watters drew its members from a large swing group he led in Oakland, CA. His intent was to resuscitate the Oliver style, which he did with a great deal of success. Although Dixieland revivalists were a dime a dozen in the '40s, the Yerba Buena Jazz Band stood apart by virtue of its authenticity and helped spread the revival worldwide. The band began playing the Dawn Club in San Francisco in 1939 and the gig continued until Watters was drafted in 1942. The band regrouped after the war and returned to the Dawn Club, where they attained great popularity. In 1947, they moved to Hambone Kelly's in El Cerrito, where they remained until Watters broke up the band in 1950. On its most influential recordings, made in the mid-'40s, the group included Watters on first trumpet, Bob Scobey on second trumpet, Harry Mordecai on banjo, Bob Helm on clarinet, Turk Murphy on trombone, Bill Dart on drums, Wally Rose on piano, and Dick Lammi on tuba. Scobey and Murphy went on to lead their own popular Dixieland outfits. Besides playing tunes from the trad repertoire, Watters also supplied new arrangements and compositions. Watters retired from playing music full-time in 1957; he studied geology and later became a chef. He began playing again in 1963, performing with Turk Murphy's band at anti-nuclear rallies in Northern California. He made one last record before retiring. ~ Chris Kelsey, Rovi
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Bix had many imitators,bu t Watters really could sound like Bix in 1931.All the Yerba Buena guys had TRULY UNIQUE,RECOG N I Z A B L E styles and
many imitators of their own. I sat in one time with Bob Helm we playe
d GOIN HUNTIN in G and Bob's facility was awesome,impo s s i b l e to imitate. Lu's strong lead was not like Muggsy, but just as easy to follow.
and a pleasure to listen to.
Great stuff. Lu Watters was hardly a baby in diapers at the height of the jazz age as the biography implies. Quite the contrary, he made his first records with a hot dance orchestra in San Francisco circa 1928 or 29. Anyway this music was a huge influence on young trad jazz musicians in the 40's 50's 6o's and 70's and it continues to inspire.
We nedd more music the Lu Water to download in the internet is the gold music
Lu waters wass the best in the hot jazz un exelent trompet man
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Great Musician, love the song "Jazzing Babie Blues" Great tuba. Too bad there no new recording of him "Remaster" Hard to find. I want to head more of him on Pandora Radio Thank you, Star Warrior
Need some Ernie Carson on Pandora..... . . . . . . . o n e of the last of this ilk around.
Great, steady Dixieland beat...almos t feel like you're in a tavern!

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