Louisiana Five

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Louisiana Five
Louisiana Five Jazz Band famous publicity photo.jpg
Left to right: Anton Lada, Karl Berger, Yellow Nunez, Joe Cawley, Charles Panelli
Background information
Origin New Orleans
Genres Dixieland
Years active 1917–1920
Labels Emerson, Edison, Columbia
Members Anton Lada, Karl Berger, Yellow Nunez, Joe Cawley, Charles Panelli

The Louisiana Five was an early dixieland jazz band that was active from 1918-1920. It was among the earliest jazz groups to record extensively.

History[edit]

The Louisiana Five was led by Anton Lada, who played the drums.

The Louisiana Five which is known to posterity was formed in New York City. Lada recruited the other four members, pianist Joe Cawley, trombonist Charlie Panelli (often spelled "Panely" in contemporary material), and banjoist Karl Berger. Clarinetist Alcide "Yellow" Nunez was in New York with Bert Kelly's band in 1918 before joining the Louisiana Five.

The band recorded extensively for various companies including Emerson Records, Columbia Records, and Edison Records. They went on to produce such hits as "Clarinet Squawk" and "Slow and Easy." On one recording session they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Bernard "Doc" Beherendson on cornet.

A 1919 Emerson disc by the Louisiana Five
A 1919 Medallion Record by the Louisiana Five

The band was popular in the New York City area in 1919, and also made tours of Texas and Oklahoma.

After Nunez left the band, the group made one more pair of recordings in 1920 with a violin replacing the clarinet.

Discography[edit]

  • After All (1919)
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find (1918)
  • Alcoholic Blues (1919)
  • B-Hap-E (1919)
  • Big Fat Ma (1919)
  • Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1919)
  • Church Street Sobbin' Blues (1919)
  • Clarinet Squawk"" (1919)
  • Dixie Blues (1919)
  • Down Where The Rajahs Dwell (1919)
  • Foot Warmer (1919)
  • Golden Rod (1919)
  • Heart Sickness Blues (1918)
  • Hello, Hello (1919)
  • High Brown Babies' Ball (1919)
  • I Ain't 'En Got 'Er No Time To Have The Blues (1919)
  • I'll Get Him Yet (1920)
  • Just Another Good Man Gone Wrong (1919)
  • Laughing Blues (1918)
  • Land Of Creole Girls (1920)
  • Lead Me To It (1919)
  • Oh Joe, Get Your Fiddle And Your Bow (1920)
  • Orange Blossom Rag (1919)
  • Rainy Day Blues (1919)
  • Ringtail Blues (1919)
  • Slow And Easy (1919)
  • Summer Days (1919)
  • Sunshine Girl (1920)
  • That Shanghai Melody (1919)
  • Town Topic Rag (1919)
  • Thunderbolt (1919)
  • Virginia Blues (1919)
  • Weary Blues (1919)
  • Weeping Willow Blues (1920)
  • Yama Yama Blues (1919)
  • Yelping Hound Blues (1919)
  • You Can't Get Lovin' Where There Ain't Any Love (1919)

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

"Louisiana Five" on RedHotJazz with audio samples

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