Billy Arnold was an American pianist who was active in the New York area before he traveled to England to play dance music at the Hammersmith Palais de Danse (242 Shepherds Bush Road) in London in 1920. The band then headed for Paris in December of 1921. Arnold recorded again in the early 1930s as Billy Arnold et son Orchestre. When Django Reinhardt was just twelve years old he used to hang out in front of the l'Abbaye de Thélème resturant at Place Pigalle listening to Arnold's Band play. This was probably the first jazz that Django heard played live.

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Carolina In The Morning
(Walter Donaldson)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6625

6974r
Caravan 6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6616
Dreams Of India
(Percy Wenrich)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6624
Electric Girl
(Helmburgh / Holmes)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6617

6950-3r
Left Alone Again Blues
(Anne Caldwell / Jerome Kern)
12-13-1920 London, England Columbia
3015
Louisville Lou
(Milton Ager / Jack Yellen)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6617
Runnin' Wild
(Joe Grey / A. Harrington Gibbs)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6616
Stop It
(Kaufman)
12-13-1920 London, England Columbia
3015

71130
Swinging Down The Lane
(Gus Kahn / Isham Jones)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6624

6964r
Touaregs 6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6626

6968r
Tricks 6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6626

6969-5r
Virginia Blues
(Fred Meinken)
6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6627

6966r
Wind In The Trees 6-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6627

6967r
Artist Instrument
Billy Arnold Piano
Henry Arnold Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Harry Johnson Alto Saxophone
Charles F. Kleiner Trumpet
Chris Lee Drums
Charles Moore Drums
William Trittlefitz Trombone
Some Hustling This! Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929, by Mark Miller, Mercury Press , 2006