Milt Shaw & His Detroiters

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b. USA. Popular in the Detroit area in the late 20s and early 30s, violinist Shaw and his dance band, the Detroiters, recorded a handful of sides in the late 20s, mostly for Vocalion Records. As is apparent…
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b. USA. Popular in the Detroit area in the late 20s and early 30s, violinist Shaw and his dance band, the Detroiters, recorded a handful of sides in the late 20s, mostly for Vocalion Records. As is apparent from their choice of material, Shaw aimed at a popular approach for his band and his music. Among their records are ‘Collegiana’, ‘That’s My Weakness Now’ and ‘Where The Shy Little Violets Grow’. The last song was issued by OKeh Records (and other companies) on one side of a 78, the other side being by the Dorsey Brothers. One version of this particular recording was released on Odeon Records as by Sam Lanin’s Famous Players, which suggests a tie-in with the better known dance band leader. Shaw and his sidemen, who included trumpeters Ruby Weinstein and Johnny McGhee, trombonist George Troup and singer Scrappy Lambert, occasionally turned in hot solos that make their work of passing interest to fans of this period of jazz-influenced dance music. The band appears to have made no records after a February 1931 session on which Lambert sang ‘Walkin’ My Baby Back Home’. This tune and ‘Shy Little Violets’, appear on a compilation of various artists assembled by Collectors Items Records in the late 70s.