Panama (jazz standard)
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Panama (sometimes incorrectly called Panama Rag) is a jazz standard. It is by William H. Tyers, originally entitled "Panama, a Characteristic Novelty", published in 1912.
As expected of a jazz standard, it has been played and recorded by a number of jazz legends including the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Luis Russell, Kid Ory, the Eureka Brass Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and many others.
The famous trumpet variation commonly played by New Orleans, Louisiana bands and those influenced by the New Orleans style, was reportedly devised by Manuel Manetta who first taught it to his star trumpet pupils Emmett Hardy and Red Allen.
Some later generations have sometimes confused it with a totally different piece of a similar name, a ragtime number composed by Charles Seymour (composer) in 1904 called Panama Rag. This lesser known number has been recorded by the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra and was reportedly played by Buddy Bolden when the tune was new, but is rather obscure and far from a standard.
- Luis Russell & his Orchestra. New York, September 5, 1930.
- Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band. Recorded in New Orleans on June 11, 1942.
- Louis Armstrong and the All Stars. Recorded in New York City on April 26-27, 1950. Released on the Decca Records LP Vol. 2 - Jazz Concert.
- The Big Chief Jazz Band. Recorded in Oslo on June 7, 1955. Released on the 78 rpm record Philips P 53033 H.
- Al Hirt released a version on his 1963 album, Our Man in New Orleans.
- Al Hirt, Our Man in New Orleans Retrieved April 10, 2013.
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