Taking their name from a show written by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, a small group led by Don Redman recorded in the late '20s as the Chocolate Dandies. Redman also used the name for some McKinney's Cotton Pickers record dates but during the early '30s the name was picked up by other musicians, notably Benny Carter, who used it for a string of fine recordings he made with Coleman Hawkins and others. Carter revived the name in the early '40s, again with Hawkins in the band and often creating timeless miniature masterpieces of small group jazz.

Thanks to Uncle Dave Lewis for his help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Blue Interlude
(Benny Carter)
10-10-1933 New York, New York Decca
18255
Birmingham Break-Down
(Duke Ellington)
10-13-1928 New York, New York Okeh
8668
Bugle Call Rag
(Irving Mills / Jack Pettis / Elmer Schoebel)
12-3-1930 New York, New York Columbia
2543-D
Columbia
36008
Cloudy Skies
(
Coleman Hawkins)
12-3-1930 New York, New York Columbia
35679
Dee Blues
(Benny Carter)
12-3-1930 New York, New York Columbia
2543-D
Columbia
36008
Four Or Five Times
(Hellman / Gay)
10-13-1928 New York, New York Okeh
8627
Goodbye Blues
(Benny Carter)
12-3-1930 New York, New York Columbia
35679
Got Another Sweetie Now
(Harrison)
12-3-1930 New York, New York Columbia
36009
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
(Clarence Gaskill / Jimmy McHugh)
5-25-1940 New York, New York Commodore
1506-B
I Never Knew
(Ted Fiorito / Gus Kahn)
10-10-1933 New York, New York Columbia
2875
I Surrender Dear
(Gordon Clifford / Harry Barris)
5-25-1940 New York, New York Commodore
1506-A
Krazy Kapers
(Benny Carter)
10-10-1933 New York, New York Okeh
41568
Once Upon A Time
(Benny Carter)
10-10-1933 New York, New York Okeh
41568
Decca
18255
Puducah
(Don Redman)
10-13-1928 New York, New York Okeh
8627
Smack!
(Leonard Feather)
5-25-1940 New York, New York Commodore
533
Stardust
(Hoagy Carmichael)
10-13-1928 New York, New York Okeh
8668
Artist Instrument
Cuba Austin Drums
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Benny Carter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Arranger
Sid Catlett Drums
Langston Curl Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Ralph Escudero Tuba
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Harrison Vocals
Horace Henderson Piano
Ernest Hill Bass
Clarence Holiday? Guitar
Benny Jackson? Guitar
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Claude Jones Trombone
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
John Kirby Bass, Tuba
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Mezz Mezzrow? Drums
John Nesbitt Trumpet
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Don Redman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Arranger
Todd Rhodes Piano
Prince Robinson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Milton Senior Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Thomas Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Dave Wilborn Banjo, Vocals
Teddy Wilson Piano