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Unlike most pioneer jazz musicians who passed “Doc” or “Professor,” Charles “Doc” Cook actually had a doctorate degree in music, in the Chicago College of Music. Make produced a name for himself as conductor and music movie director from the Orchestra at Paddy Harmon’s Dreamland Ballroom from 1922 to 1927 in Chicago. A lot of Chicago’s finest music artists played for Make, including Freddie Keppard, Jimmie Noone, Johnny St. Cyr, Zutty Singleton and Luis Russell. The music group, which performed in the city’s Near Western world Side, also documented under the brands Cookie’s Gingersnaps and Doc Make and his 14 Doctors of Syncopation. Cook’s Dreamland orchestra finished in 1927 when he took his orchestra to Chicago’s Municipal Pier and to the Light Town Ballroo. Cooke transferred to NY in 1930 to be personnel arranger at R.K.O. and Radio Town Music Hall, where he continued to be before early 1940s.

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