Memphis Nighthawks – Jazz Lips


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Memphis Nighthawks – Jazz Lips
Delmark DE 216
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The Memphis Nighthawks came together in Champaign-Urbana, IL, where members of the University of Illinois Jazz Band joined up, taking their name from a 1932 recording-though neither group came from Memphis. Ron DeWar (soprano sax, clarinet, C Melody sax) has since worked in Chicago, notably with pianist Judy Roberts. Co-founder Steve Jensen (trumpet) co-founded the Jazz Members Big Band. Trombonist Joel Helleny moved to New York and played the trombone solos on the soundtrack of Cotton Club – at only 20 years old in the late 70’s. The rhythm section includes bass saxist Dave Feinman, who later owned the Gatemouth label. Mike Miller (banjo, guitar) was sometimes abetted by guest drummer Bob Kornacher of the Dixie Stompers. Joe Klee of The Mississippi Rag said, “From the opening track this band moves like a house afire!”

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Weight 3.5 oz
Dimensions 6 × 5 × 0.5 in