New Orleans native Jimmie Noone led this band at the Apex Club on the second floor of 330 East 35th Street in Chicago's Southside from 1928 to 1930. The bar was raided by federal agents and closed for selling alcohol during Prohibition in 1930. Noone's smooth clarinet playing was a big influence on Benny Goodman, and the Swing era that would follow.

A special thanks to Wayne Brandtner and James Gallup for their contributions to this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
After You're Gone
(Henry Creamer / J. Turner Layton)
10-21-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7124
Brunswick
1086
Vocalion
1229
Ain't Misbehavin'
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
7-18-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
15819
Am I Blue?
Vocal Chorus by May Alex
(From the Motion Picture "On With The Show")

(Harry Akst / Grant Clarke)
7-8-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1296
A Monday Date
(Earl Hines)
8-23-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1296
Vocalion
V-1026
Brunswick
80026
UHCA 41
Anything You Want 6-21-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
15823
Apex Blues
(Jimmie Noone)
7-11-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
2779
Brunswick
4966
Brunswick
7096

2259-A
Apex Blues
(Jimmie Noone)
7-11-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
2779
Brunswick
4966
Brunswick
7096

2259-B
Apex Blues
(Jimmie Noone)
7-11-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
2779
Brunswick
4966
Brunswick
7096

071129-A
Apex Blues
(Jimmie Noone)
7-11-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
2779
Brunswick
4966
Brunswick
7096

071129-B
Birminghan Bertha
Vocal Chorus by May Alex
(From the Motion Picture "On With The Show")

(Harry Akst / Grant Clarke)
7-8-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1296
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
(Swanstone / MaCarron / Morgan)
8-23-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1215
Brunswick
80026
Chicago Rhythm
(Grossman / Kanter)
2-26-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1267
Crying For The Carolines
(Lewis / Warren / Young)
2-6-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1466
Deep Trouble
(Rose)
2-3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1490
El Rado Scuffle
(Rose)
2-3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1490
Every Evening (I Miss You)
(McHugh / Rose)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1135

C-1940-A
Every Evening (I Miss You)
(McHugh / Rose)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1135

C-1940-B
Four Or Five Times
(Gay / Hellman)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1135

C-1939-A
Four Or Five Times
(Gay / Hellman)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1135

C-1939-B
Forevermore
(Burnett / Gotthelf)
6-14-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1188
Have A Little Faith In Me
(Lewis / Warren / Young)
2-6-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1466
He's A Good Man To Have Around
(From the Motion Picture "Honky Tonk")

(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
10-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1436
He's Not Worth Your Tears
From the Musical Comedy "sweet And Low"

(Dixon / Rose / Warren)
Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1580
I Got A Misery
(Yoell / Scharlin)
3-1-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
267
I Know That You Know
(Vincent Youmans)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1184
Brunswick
80024
I Lost My Gal From Memphis 5-16-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1497
I'm Doing What I'm Doin' For Love
(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
9-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1436
I'm Following You
From the M.G.M. Motion Picture "It's A Great Life"

(Dreyer / MacDonald)
2-18-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1471
It's Tight Like That
(Thomas A. Dorsey / Hudson Whittaker)
12-27-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1238-A

C-2710-A
It's Tight Like That
(Thomas A. Dorsey / Hudson Whittaker)
12-27-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1238-A

C-2710-B
King Joe
(Bud Scott)
8-25-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1229
Let's Sow A Wild Oat
(Gay)
12-27-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1238-B

C-2711-A
Let's Sow A Wild Oat
(Gay)
12-27-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1238-B

C-2711-B
Love Me Or Leave Me
From "Whoopee"

(Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
4-27-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1272

C-3379-A
Love Me Or Leave Me
From "Whoopee"

(Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
4-27-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1272

C-3379-B
My Daddy Rocks Me
(With One Steady Roll)

(J. Berni Barbour)
7-8-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
2779
Brunswick
V-1007
Brunswick
4966
Brunswick
7096
My Melancholy Baby
(Burnett / Norton)
10-21-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
7124
Brunswick
1086
Off Time
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
7-18-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
15819
Oh, Sister! Ain't That Hot
(Jack Yellen / Milton Ager)
8-25-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1215
Oh, Sister! Ain't That Hot
(Donaldson / White)
8-25-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
070228
Ready For The River
(Kahn / Moret)
6-14-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1188
San
(Lindsay McPhail / Walter Michaels)
7-1-1930 Chicago, Illinois Swaggie
JCS-33786

C-5903-A
San
(Lindsay McPhail / Walter Michaels)
7-1-1930 Chicago, Illinois Ace Of Hearts 84
C-5903-B
Satisfied 9-26-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1416
Some Rainy Day
(Benjamin Spikes)
12-6-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1240
She's Funny That Way
(Moret / Whiting)
12-27-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1240
Should I?
From the M.G.M. Motion Picture "Lord Byron On Broadway""

(Brown / Freed)
2-18-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1471
So Sweet
(Gillespie / Kanter / Shawn)
7-1-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1518

C-5901-A
So Sweet
(Gillespie / Kanter / Shawn)
7-1-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
unissued

C-5901-B
S'posin'
(Paul Denniker / Andy Razaf)
7-18-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1415
St. Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
2-26-1929 Chicago, Illinois Swaggie
JCS-33787
Sweet Lorraine
(Mitchell Parish / Cliff Burwell)
8-25-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
80023

C-2268-B
Sweet Lorraine
(Burwell / Parish)
8-25-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1207

C-2268-C
Sweet Sue - Just You
(Harris / Young)
5-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1184
Brunswick
80024
That Rhythm Man
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
7-18-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
15819
Through
(How Can I Say We're Through?)

(McCarthy)
9-26-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1416
Trav'lin All Alone
(Johnson)
Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1580
True Blue Lou
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Sam Coslow)
7-18-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1415
Wake Up, Chillun, Wake Up
(Robinson / Trent)
4-27-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1272
When You're Smiling
(Fisher / Goodwin / Shay)
5-16-1930 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1497
Artist Instrument
May Alix Vocals
Lawson Buford Tuba
Junie Cobb Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Zinky Cohn Piano
Wilbur Gorham Banjo, Guitar
Alex Hill Piano
Earl Hines Piano
George Mitchell? Cornet
Bill Newton Tuba
Jimmie Noone Clarinet, Vocals, Leader
Joe Poston Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals
Helen Savage Vocals
Bud Scott Banjo, Guitar
Elmo Tanner Vocals
Johnny Wells Drums
Georgia White Vocals
Fayette Williams Trombone