Spike’s Seven Pods Of Pepper

Kid Ory moved to California in 1919 from New Orleans after his doctor recommended that he move to a dry environment because of his poor health. Ory founded his Original Creole Jazz Band in the same year. They were sometimes referred to as Kid Ory’s Brown-Skinned Babies. Spike’s Seven Pods Of Pepper Orchestra was the name Kid Ory’s Original Creole Jazz Band recorded in 1922 under for the Sunshine label. Only three records were released, all of which featured Ory. These records were also issued under the name Sunshine Band. Two brothers ran the label, John Spikes and Reb Spikes. The record was sold only in their music shop at 12th and Central Avenue, Los Angeles. These two tracks, which were only printed in 5000 copies, were the first recorded jazz by an African-American group from New Orleans. They are a great example of the New Orleans ensemble style. It’s interesting to compare the 1922 Ory’s Creole Trombone version with the one he recorded with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five five years later. Two Blues records were also recorded by the band on the Sunshine label a month before. The first was Ruth Lee, accompanied by Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra. The second was Roberta Dudley, accompanied By Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra. From www.redhotjazz.com

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