Hardly known outside of a small Jazz coterie, this small band contrived to create an ensemble effect much like the Fletcher Henderson outfit. Charlie Johnson played at Small's Paradise Club in Harlem (229 1/2 7th Avenue at 135th Street) on and off from approximately the mid-twenties to mid-thirties. The Boy In The Boat shows some beautifully-controlled muted work by Sidney de Paris; Walk That Thing gives a representative trombone solo from Jimmy Harrison. Ben Whittet (clarinet) and George Washington produce some delightfully lazy solo work on Hot Bones and Rice, whilst Sidney de Paris creates an Ellingtonian Cootie Williams growl solo which might be mistaken for the great trumpet man. Throughout there is a Clarence Williams overall sound which is probably due in part to the presence of that fine tuba player Cyrus St. Clair in the first two titles, and Billy Taylor in the second. This might be cited as some of the best recorded Harlem Jazz of the late twenties.
Taken from the book Recorded Jazz: A Critical Guide by Rex Harris and Brian Rust.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Birmingham Black Bottom
Vocal refrain by Monette Moore

(F. Johnson / Thomas Morris)
2-25-1925 New York, New York Victor
20551-B

36116-1
Birmingham Black Bottom
Vocal refrain by Monette Moore

(F. Johnson / Thomas Morris)
2-25-1925 New York, New York RCA X
LVA-3026

36116-2
Charleston Is The Best Dance After All
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Victor
21491-A

41639-1
Charleston Is The Best Dance After All
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York RCA X
LVA-3026

41639-2
Don't Forget You'll Regret Day By Day 2-1925 New York, New York Emerson
10856
Don't You Leave Me Here
Vocal refrain by Monette Moore

(Jelly Roll Morton)
2-25-1925 New York, New York Victor
20653

36117-1
Don't You Leave Me Here
Vocal refrain by Monette Moore

(Jelly Roll Morton)
2-25-1925 New York, New York RCA X
LVA-3026

36117-3
Harlem Drag
(Benny Waters)
5-8-1929 New York, New York RCA X
LVA-3026

51298-1
Harlem Drag
(Benny Waters)
5-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38059-B

51298-2
Hot Bones And Rice
(Charlie Johnson)
5-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38059-A

51299-1
Hot Bones And Rice
(Charlie Johnson)
5-8-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38059-A

51299-2
Hot-Tempered Blues
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York RCA X
LVA-3026

41641-1
Hot-Tempered Blues
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Victor
21247-A

41641-2
Meddlin' With The Blues
(Edgar Dowell)
2-1925 New York, New York Emerson
10854
Paradise Wobble
Vocal refrain by Monette Moore

(F. Johnson / Thomas Morris)
2-25-1925 New York, New York Victor
20551-A
The Boy In The Boat (The Rock)
(Charlie Johnson)
9-19-1928 New York, New York Bluebird
B-10248-A

47531-1
The Boy In The Boat (The Rock)
(Charlie Johnson)
9-19-1928 New York, New York Victor
21712-A

47531-2
Walk That Thing
(Charlie Johnson)
9-19-1928 New York, New York Bluebird
B-10248-B

47532-2
Walk That Thing
(Charlie Johnson)
9-19-1928 New York, New York Victor
21712-B

47532-3
You Ain't The One
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Victor
21247-B

41639-1
You Ain't The One
(Charlie Johnson / Arthur Porter)
1-24-1928 New York, New York Victor
21247-B

41639-2
Artist Instrument
Gus Aiken Trumpet
Alec Alexander Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Benny Carter Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Arranger
Leonard Davis Cornet
Sidney de Paris Trumpet
Elmer Harrell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Violin
Jimmy Harrison Trombone
Regis Hartman? Trombone
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Bobby Johnson Banjo
Charlie Johnson Piano, Leader
Monette Moore Vocals
Thomas Morris Cornet
Leroy Rutledge Trumpet
Edgar Sampson Violin, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Jabbo Smith Cornet
George Strafford Drums
George Stevenson Trombone
Cyrus St. Clair Tuba
Billy Taylor Tuba
Ben Waters Arranger, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Ben Whittet Clarinet, Alto Saxophone