The Bucktown Five
The Bucktown Five was a white jazz group active in the early 1920s in the Chicago area of the United States. The group played a New Orleans style of collective improvisation jazz and might be regarded as the avante garde of the Chicago style which developed in later years. About eighteen months after breaking up, many of the same players recorded in Chicago as the Stomp Six.
The players included:
- Guy Carey - trombone
- Volly de Faut - clarinet, alto saxophone
- Marvin Saxbe - banjo, guitar, cymbal
- Bill Shelby - banjo
- Muggsy Spanier - cornet
- Mel Stitzel - piano
The Bucktown Five also recorded with Bix Beiderbecke.
The band's name is linked with New Orleans, as Bucktown is a Chicago neighborhood, but also the name of the settlement that grew up on the shore of Lake Ponchartrain after the close of Storyville. It became a smaller version of that district.
The group recorded on the Claxtonola and other labels. Selected recordings include:
- The Bucktown Five - Chicago Blues, 1924
- The Bucktown Five - Hot Mittens, 1924
- The Bucktown Five - Mobile Blues, 1924
- The Bucktown Five - Really A Pain, 1924
- The Bucktown Five, Bix Beiderbecke - Buddy's Habits, 1924
- The Bucktown Five, Bix Beiderbecke - Chicago Blues, 1924
- The Bucktown Five, Bix Beiderbecke - Someday Sweetheart, 1924
- The Bucktown Five, Bix Beiderbecke - Steady Roll Blues, 1924