Geechie Fields

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The trombonist known as Geechie Fields had a much more dignified sounding real name, Julius Fields, but does not seem to have used it in much connection with his career as a blower of horns. In this capacity,…
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The trombonist known as Geechie Fields had a much more dignified sounding real name, Julius Fields, but does not seem to have used it in much connection with his career as a blower of horns. In this capacity, Fields was one of the legendary young players that came out of South Carolina's Jenkins Orphanage. What he lacked in parental supervision was made up for in some small manner by the presence of instructors such as Gene "Buddy" Aiken and Jake Frazier, who obtained a quality level that was well worth presenting to the public on concert tours. From this background Fields took root in the big city, New York City to be exact, becoming a fixture at the notorious John O'Conner's Club circa 1924. A variety of different leaders haunted the bandstand at this venue; the trombonist played with all of them.

Fields performed with a band led by Earle Howard in 1926 and to a lesser extent the following year, the group marking the Strand Danceland venue as its official turf. In the late '20s the trombonist was associated with Charlie Skeete and Bill Benford. On record, Fields' great moment of triumph was going into the studio with Jelly Roll Morton in both 1928 and 1930. Jump forward decades past various eras of reissue frenzy, and the Morton connection has caused the trombonist's discography to grow with the determination of weeds in the Fields. Unable to foresee such an impressive outcome from his creative endeavours, Fields decided in the '30s to leave the music-making to his wife, singer Myra Johnson. He became a boxing coach and trainer at a New York City atheletics club. Fields is presumed to be dead.