SPENCER’S NIGHTHAWKS

Repertoire of Band Styles

Chronological order. as at Jan 2008


 X = As CDs, arrangement to match O = Have period recording and arrangement

ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZBAND 1917-1920(white band, the first ever to record jazz. Their own original style).

Alice Blue Gown (Waltz, old fashioned)             
Blues My Naughtie Sweetie Gives To Me
Darktown Strutters Ball
I Lost My Heart In Dixieland
X Margie (Introducing "Singing The Blues")..........................Fully transcribed arrangement.

NEW ORLEANS RHYTHM KINGS (1922-23) (white band, very coloured influenced).
Angry Shimmie-Sha-Wabble

KING OLIVER’S CREOLE BAND (1923)(coloured band.The legendary early jazz with Louis Armstrong masters with a unique two cornet lead.)

Buddies' Habits                                              
Froggie Moore Rag                                       
I ain't gonna tell nobody                                 
X Just Gone    (fully scored)                            
O Working Man Blues  ("       ")
x Mabel's Dream  (fully scored)
O Mandy Lee Blues  ("       ")
O Riverside Blues    ("       ")
x Sweet Lovin' Man  ("       ") 

BIX BEIDERBECK & THE WOLVERINES (1924)
(White). Bix’s first major position and first recording band. His unique lyrical style/ tone influenced countless contemporaries.

Fidgety Feet
I Need Some Petting  (fully scored)  X                
Royal Garden Blues
Susie   (fully scored)  x                
Tiger Rag 

LOVIE AUSTIN BLUE SERENADERS (1924)Col. Trio (AustinT,Ladnier & J.O’Bryant) 
Steppin' on the Blues  (scored)  O                                 
Travellin Blues   (scored)  O

CLARENCE WILLIAMS BLUE FIVE (1924/25) (Coloured) Small group showcasing the brilliance of Sidney Bechet & Louis Armstrong.
Cakewalking Babies from Home (with washboard feature)
Everybody Loves My baby                                        
I'm a little Blackbird. Looking For a Bluebird                    
Just Wait Till You See My Baby..                                 
Kansas City Man Blues    O
Living High
Mandy Make Up Your Mind   O
Of All The Wrongs

CLARENCE WILLIAMS. 1925-26 South-Side Chicago Washboard groups Clarinet feature with; Piano, Washboard, Two clarinet & washboard feature.

Ape Man, Forty & Tight, Candy Lips

JELLY ROLL MORTON & HIS RED HOT PEPPERS (1926)(Coloured) Morton an original creative pianist and arranger scored his unique parts, and selected the very best of Chicago’s New Orleans style musicians.
Beale Street Blues   (Fully scored)  X                        
The Chant             (Fully scored)  X                         
Dr Jazz     11/2 scored, as original) X
Kansas City Stomps (Fully scored) X

SAVOY ORPHEANS/SAVOY HAVANAH BAND English, White, Hot-Dance
Masculine Women. Feminine Men.(1925 hit)X      
Last Night On The Backporch (c.1922)  x
Pick Me Up & LaY Me Down in Dear Old Dixieland (Happy Six U.SA. 1923) All fully scored X

BIX BEIDERBECK 1926-7 (white)  Bix and chosen small group for recording "Bix And His Gang"
At The Jazzband Ball                                          
Goose Pimples (Scored transcription)  x           
Jazz Me Blues                                                   
Rhythm King (scored transcription)     x
Royal Garden Blues
Sorry

BIX BEIDERBECK WITH   WHITEMAN & TRUMBAUER ORCHS. (White) all  scored.
Borneo   (1928)    x                                              
My Pet   (1928 Trumbauer version)  O 
Just an Hour of Love (1927)  O                            
Wait'til You See Ma Cherie (1929)      O

KING OLIVER'S DIXIE SYNCOPATORS 1926/28 (Coloured)    Larger band and they K.O.ORCH & CLARENCE WILLIAMS ORCH also played some of the "POP" tunes (All fully scored)
Aunt Hagar's Blues K.O.D.S. '28  x                    
Deep Henderson    K.O.D.S. '26   x                   
Dreaming The Hours Away C.W.O'28  x          
Passing Time With Me K.O.Orch '30     O
Someday Sweetheart K.O.D.S. '26         X
Sweet Emmalina         K.O.D.S.'28 X

FLETCHER HENDERSON ORCHESTRA   1924- to late'30's (Coloured)  Star studded personnel always worked for him. Popular leader, & he had advanced arrangements.
(All fully scored)
Copenhagen (circa 1927 our own arrangement)      X  
Dicty Blues (1924)   X
Shanghai Shuffle (1925)          X
My Sweet Tooth Savs."31   X

DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA   c1927(ColOured)
The Mooch    (Fully scored)   X                             
Mood Indigo (Fully scored)   O

HARRY RESER'S SIX JUMPING JACKS (1927)   (White) Banjo supremo and top session player and broadcaster.
Gonna Get A Girl     (Fully scored)  X

McKINNEYS COTTON PICKERS 1926-MID 1930's (Coloured)
I Want A Little Girl (1929)   (Fully Scored) O        
Never Swat a Fly (1930) fully scored    O

LUIS RUSSEL ORCHESTRA (1929- mid '30's)
Saratoga Shout (1930)(Fully scored) X

FATS WALLER RHYTHM BOYS (Mid to late 1930's)
Variety of numbers i.e........I believe in miracles, It's a sin to tell a lie, I'm crazy 'bout my baby.
Somebody loves Me, I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter, The Sheik of Araby.

SPENCER'S NIGHTHAWKS UNIQUE ARRANGEMENTS (white style mid- late '20's)
Button Up Your Overcoat     X                             
California Here I Come.        X                             
A Cup Of Coffee A Sandwich & You    X             
If You Knew Susie                X                               
Miss Annabelle Lee    X
Somebody Stole My Gal    X
Take Your Girlie To The Movies   X
Varsity Drag     X

NUMEROUS SOLO INSTRUMENTAL FEATURES. PLUS HUNDREDS OF "OFF-THE-CUFF" NUMBERS FROM OUR REQUEST SHEETS.