When Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band in 1940 helped to launch the dixieland revival with their performances at San Francisco's Dawn Club on Annie Street, they were sometimes nicknamed "The Minstrels Of Annie Street." In 1992 trombonist John Gill decided to use that title as the name of his trad sextet. The music of his band, which was documented on a 1993 Stomp Off CD (Original Tuxedo Rag) is very much in the tradition of Watters and particularly Turk Murphy's later groups. At the time of that recording, the Minstrels consisted of Gill (who also took occasional vocals), cornetist Bob Schulz, Phil Howe on clarinet and soprano, pianist Ray Skjelbred, banjoist Carl Lunsford and Bill Carroll on tuba; guests on the recording were drummer Hal Smith and trumpeter Chris Tyle.
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