The Savoy Bearcats were an eleven piece band that played at the Savoy in New York between the years of 1924 and 1926. The Savoy Bearcats were really quite a good, hot group. The leader of the band was violinist Leon Abbey. Before they landed the gig at the Savoy they went by the name of the Charleston Bearcats. The group was a co-operative, meaning that they equally split the income of the band among all of the band members. When their stint at the Savoy ended in 1927 the group became known as Leon Abbey's Band. Abbey took a band to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year. The band returned to New York where Abbey lined up a job in Paris. The band decided that they were not interested in going to France, so Abbey formed another group that played in Europe and Asia for over a decade. Abbey didn't return to America until the outbreak of World War Two in 1939. He continued to lead bands in New York and Chicago until the 1960s when he retired from music.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Bearcat Stomp (2)
(Don Redman)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20307
Bearcat Stomp (3)
(Don Redman)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20307
Hot Notes (1)
(Rodermich / Scatterfield)
8-11-1926 New York, New York Victor
20460-B
Hot Notes (2)
(Rodermich / Scatterfield)
8-11-1926 New York, New York Victor
20460-B
How Could I Be Blue (2)
(Daniel Wilson /Andy Razaf)
8-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20307
How Could I Be Blue (5)
(Daniel Wilson /Andy Razaf)
8-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20307
Nightmare (1)
(Riley /Handler / Meyers)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20182
Nightmare (2)
(Riley /Handler / Meyers)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20182
Senegalese Stomp (1)
(Clarence Todd)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20182
Senegalese Stomp (2)
(Clarence Todd)
8-23-1926 New York, New York Victor
20182
Senorita Mine (1)
(Clarence Williams / Fats Waller)
8-11-1926 New York, New York Victor
Stampede (1)
(Fletcher Henderson)
8-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20460-A
Stampede (7)
(Fletcher Henderson)
8-9-1926 New York, New York Victor
20460-A
Artist Instrument
Leon Abbey Violin, Leader
Demas Dean Trumpet
Henry Edwards Tuba
Ramon Hernandez Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carmelo Jari Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Willie Lynch Drums
Otto Mikell Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Gilbert Paris Trumpet
Jules Reevy Trombone
Freddy White Banjo, Guitar