JACK PETTIS

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Jack Pettis, an early pre-swing jazz pioneer, became a mystery when he dropped out of the music world in 1940 and was not heard from again. His inevitable death went unnoticed and nothing is known about his later life despite extensive research by many curious jazz fans. Pettis was a solid if not overly distinctive player throughout his truncated career. He was self-taught on the C-melody saxophone as a teenager. He worked in Chicago with Elmer Schoebel and Paul Mares, becoming a member of the highly influential New Orleans Rhythm Kings with whom he recorded during 1922-1923. Pettis joined Ben Bernie's Orchestra in 1924 and the following year took an impressive solo on a short sound movie (included on the video At the Jazz Band Ball) of Bernie's band playing "Sweet Georgia Brown," having the distinction of being one of the first jazz soloists on film. Pettis began making recordings read more...
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Jack Pettis Volume 2
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1990
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Spanish Dream
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2010

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Freshman Hop / A Bag o' Blues
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1928

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