Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra is one of the early examples of what would come to be called Big Band music. The band was retained by the Vendome Theatre at 3145 State Street at East 31st in Chicago and employed some of the best musicians in town , including Louis Armstrong and Freddie Keppard. The Orchestra would play the accompaniment to silent movies and a set during intermissions and between films. They played anything from light Classical pieces to Hot Jazz and Blues.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Chinaman Blues
(Gene Burdette)
6-23-1923 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
4907-A
Cutie Blues
(Gene Burdette)
6-23-1923 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
4907-B
Static Strut
(Jack Yellen / Phil Wall)
5-28-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1027
Brunswick
80061-A
Stomp Off, Let's Go
(Elmer Schoebel)
5-28-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1027
Brunswick
80061-B

E-3141
Stomp Off, Let's Go
(Elmer Schoebel)
5-28-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1027

E-3142
Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Ed Atkins Trombone
Buster Bailey Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Jimmy Bertrand Washboard, Drums
Frank Etheridge Banjo
Stump Evans Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Angelo Fernandez Clarinet
John Hare Tuba
Freddie Keppard Cornet
Noval Morton Tenor Saxophone
Adrian Robinson Piano
James Tate Trumpet
Erskine Tate Conductor, Banjo
Teddy Weatherford Piano
Fayette Williams Trombone