Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Bunk Johnson Volume 2

9.99    9.99 New
Sorry | Temporarily Out of Stock

This album can be downloaded, fully or by individual tracks, directly from these recommended on-line retailers. Cover artwork may differ to that shown here.

Available as a download on iTunes

Available as a download on eMusic


Bunk Johnson
Bunk Johnson with Louis Armstrong and his Jazz Six
Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band
Bunk Johnson's Original Superior Band


Bunk Johnson's Original Superior Band
01 - Moose march (rehearsal test 3 takes) Listen
02 - These draftin` blues (rehearsal test 2 takes) Listen

Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band
03 - Big chief battle axe (take a) Listen
04 - Big chief battle axe (take b) Listen
05 - Dusty rag Listen
06 - Franklin Street blues (take a) Listen
07 - Franklin Street blues (take b) Listen
08 - The thriller rag Listen
09 - Sobbin` blues Listen
10 - Sobbin` blues no. 2 Listen
11 - When I leave this world behind Listen
12 - Sometimes my burden is so hard to bear Listen
13 - Blue bells goodbye Listen
14 - Shine Listen
15 - Yaaka hula hickey dula Listen
16 - Weary blues Listen

Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band
17 - Tiger rag Listen
18 - Weary blues Listen
19 - Pallet on the floor Listen
20 - Careless love Listen

Louis Armstrong and his Jazz Foundation Six
21 - Basin Street blues Listen

Bunk Johnson 1942 - 1945 Recordings

Bunk Johnson's Original Superior Band
Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band
Bunk Johnson And His New Orleans Band
Louis Armstrong And His Foundation Six

8 Page informative booklet written by Alyn Shipton.
Detailed discography.

Although jazz trumpet player, Bunk Johnson, undoubtedly played a part in the early story of Jazz and was at the forefront of its development in New Orleans around 1907-1914 (he taught Louis Armstrong), he never recorded during the vintage-jazz era of the late teens through to the 1930`s. After spending the thirties as a truck driver, he was contacted by a group of enthusiasts, was fitted out with a new set of teeth and set on his second career as a professional musician. He is now regarded internationally as one of the great jazz legends of all time.

"King Bolden and myself were the first men that began playing jazz in the city of dear old New Orleans and his band had the whole of New Orleans real crazy and running wild behind it," wrote trumpeter Willie "Bunk" Johnson to Bill Russell in 1939. These simple words inaugurated one of the widest reaching movements in jazz, as scholars and record collectors joined forces to see if jazz history could be brought to life through the playing of Bunk and other survivors of the earliest generation of jazz players.

Home SearchSpecials Services MP3'sArchive News Contact View Cart