Teddy Roy

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This pianist really got around on the Dixieland scene and has a real diamond of a discographical credit in a mid-'40s live recording in a combo co-led by brassman Max Kaminsky and clarinetist Pee Wee…
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This pianist really got around on the Dixieland scene and has a real diamond of a discographical credit in a mid-'40s live recording in a combo co-led by brassman Max Kaminsky and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. Teddy Roy started out as a cornet player himself and is said to have never willingly put a note into a chord fed to his cohorts that he would've have wanted to chew on himself. This talent might have been enough to keep him employed steadily as a musician, but he did not choose this option, preferring to drop out of full-time playing at various points in his life, including his Army stint during the Second World War.

By that time he was already seasoned as a player, with experience in various Chicago dance bands and recording credits including sides by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band : a modest bunch, they, billing themselves as "the Creators of Jazz." In 1934 Roy had his own band in residence at Cape Cod, MA. His presence in that state continued upon his eventual return to the active traditional jazz fold, the pianist joining the rhythm section of the Boston-based Kaminsky circa late 1945. The '50s may have been Roy's busiest period, involving freelancing in a batch of combos as well as solo piano gigs.