Oscar "Papa" Celestin

Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

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Except for his very first session (which resulted in three numbers in 1925), this British LP has all of cornetist Oscar "Papa" Celestin's recordings of the 1920s. The New Orleans bandleader's Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra could be a touch primitive but their performances (with the exception of a poor Charles Gillis vocal on "My Josephine") are near-classics, rare examples of a regularly working New Orleans jazz band in the early days. Of the sidemen, the most significant players are second cornetist Ricard Alexis (a fine soloist who worked with Celestin), altoist Paul Barnes and trombonist Bill Matthews. This set is a must for early New Orleans jazz collectors.