The Earliest Black String Bands Vol 2 1917 - 1919
Includes: Dan Kildare, piano, drums; Vance Lowry, banjo; Gus Haston, Anthony Tuck, Ferdnand Allen, banjoline; Walter Kildare, cello; Seth Jones, vocal; Louis Mitchell, vocal, drums; and others...
Genres: Jazz, String band, Nostalgia.
Inforamtive booklet notes by Rainer E. Lotz.
Dan Kildare was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on l3 January l879, as son of the Paymaster of Constabulary. Like many Caribbean immigrants to the US he managed to obtain an American passport, in his case by claiming that he was born to American parents who resided temporarily in Jamaica. In Harlem he met composer/conductor James Reese Europe (1881-1919). When, in 1910, Europe incorporated the “Clef Club” as a booking agency and social club for black musicians, Kildare became his Vice President, Europe organised concerts involving more than one hundred musicians, he directed the first black recording orchestra in 1913, and he achieved farther fame by providing the music for the white exhibition dancers, Irene and Vernon Castle.
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