Dixieland band attacks Tiger (Rag)





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Uploaded on Nov 20, 2007

Recorded November 11. 2007

H. H. , the bass player is a lion on his own, having played with jazz giants like Ben Webster, Frank Rosolino, Dexter Gordon and Benny Carter.
This was Slidin' Selena's last concert in the year 2007, because of her being pregnant she takes a 4 month break till March 2008.
Lielian Tan makes her debut in the Hague Jazzclubs, she and the audience hope she will return often.
The Clarinet is played by the Invisible Man (almost), don't confuse him with the Invincible Man, or would they be the same person......?
Koos Greven plays the banjo steady as a rock. Our human metronome is much inspired by Freddy Green, of Count Basie fame.
Michel Muller is the front lead man on his trumpet.

The tune was composed and first recorded on August 17, 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band for Aeolian-Vocalion Records. The Aeolian Vocalion sides did not sell well, as they were recorded in a vertical format becoming obsolete at the time which could not be played successfully on most contemporary phonographs. Their second recording of the tune on 25 March, 1918 for Victor Records, on the other hand, was a smash national hit. The song was copyrighted and credited to O.D.J.B. members Nick La Rocca, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields, along with Harry Da Costa.

However, other New Orleans, Louisiana musicians claimed that the tune had been a standard in the city even before. Some others even copyrighted the same melody or close variations on it under their own names, including Ray Lopez under the title "Weary Weasel" and Johnny DeDroit under the title "Number Two Blues". A number of veterans of Papa Jack Laine's band said the tune had been known in New Orleans as "Number Two" long before the O.D.J.B. copyrighted it. In one interview, Papa Jack Laine said that the actual composer of the number was Achille Baquet. Punch Miller claimed to have originated the cornet & trombone breaks with Jack Carey, and that from Carey's characteristic growl many locals called the tune "Play Jack Carey". Jelly Roll Morton also claimed to have written the tune, basing part of it on his jazzed up version of an old French quadrille. Ironically, Morton covered the ODJB copyrighted version himself in 1938, tacitly conceding that ODJB had composed the song.

While the exact details are unclear, it seems that at least something similar to Tiger Rag or various strains of it was played in New Orleans before the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded it. How close these were to the O.D.J.B.'s recording is a matter of speculation. The O.D.J.B.'s record seems to have helped solidify a standard a version or head arrangement of the number. Curiously, however, one strain in the O.D.J.B. recordings (just before the famous "hold that tiger" chorus) is almost invariably left out of later recordings and performances of the number.


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