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Jack Pettis


Jack Pettis, an early on pre-swing jazz pioneer, became a secret when he dropped from the music world in 1940 and had not been heard from once again. His inevitable loss of life went undetected and there is nothing known about his later on life despite intensive study by many inquisitive jazz enthusiasts. Pettis was a good if not excessively distinctive participant throughout his truncated profession. He was self-taught for the C-melody saxophone as an adolescent. He worked well in Chicago with Elmer Schoebel and Paul Mares, signing up for the highly important New Orleans Tempo Kings with whom he documented during 1922-1923. Pettis became a member of Ben Bernie’s Orchestra in 1924 and the next year took an extraordinary solo on a brief sound film (included on the video In the Jazz Music group Ball) of Bernie’s music group playing “Lovely Georgia Dark brown,” getting the distinction to be among the 1st jazz soloists on film. Pettis started making recordings like a innovator in 1926 and through the next 2 yrs recorded extensively along with his personal groups, along with Bernie, the Whoopee Manufacturers, and Irving Mills’ Hotsy Totsy Gang. Among Pettis’ sidemen on different selections had been Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, Spencer Clark, Tommy Dorsey, Jack port Teagarden, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman. He also had written or co-wrote many catchy music including “St. Louis Shuffle” (later on documented by Fletcher Henderson), “Freshman Hop,” “Sweetest Melody,” and “A Handbag O’ Blues.” But after 1930, Jack port Pettis only produced yet another appearance on record (a 1937 day he going that led to “Hawaiian Temperature Wave” and “Golf swing Program in Siberia”) and by the ’40s, he previously completely disappeared, evidently lost forever. Luckily most of his classes as a innovator (apart from the 1937 day), alongside some other shows. have already been reissued on the Kings Cross twice CD.

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Full Name Jack Pettis
Died January 1, 1940, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Music Songs Bugle Call Blues, Freshmen Hop, A Bag of Blues, Companionate Blues, Sweetest Melody, Stockholm Stomp, Wild And Woolly Willie, Doin' The New Low Down, That's My Hap-Hap-Happiness, Nobody's Sweetheat, Honolulu Blues, Spanish Dream, Freshman Hop Part II, Campus Crawl, Good Morning Mr Sun, Muddy Water, Broadway Melody, Blues in My Heart, Broadway Stomp, Miss What, Your'e Dancing, Yes Sir That's My Baby, At The Prom, Steppin' It Off, A Bag O' Blues, That's My Happiness, Hot Heels, Dry Martini, Freshman Hop Part I, Bag O’Blues, Baby, That
Albums Sweet Georgia Brown and other hot numbers, Dry Martini, Happiness, Jack Petis Volume 2, Spanish Dream, Volume 3 1928-1929, Classics by Jack Pettis, Stockholm Stomp

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1 Jack Pettis was a band leader (Jack Pettis and His Pets) and composer of a number of popular tunes, most notably the "Bugle Call Blues" otherwise known as the "Bugle Call Rag." He played clarinet and saxophone and appeared in a number of other musical organizations (New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Ben Bernie's Orchestra) before branching out on his own.



Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 writer: "Bugle Call Rag"
The Aviator 2004 lyrics: "Bugle Call Rag" 1923 / music: "Bugle Call Rag" 1923
La fille sur le pont 1999 writer: "Bugle Call Rag"
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra 1986 TV Special lyrics: "Bugle Call Rag" / music: "Bugle Call Rag"
Zoot Suit 1981 writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Jazz Party 1958 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Benny Goodman Story 1956 writer: "Bugle-Call Rag"
Hollywood Bound 1947 lyrics: "Bugle Call Rag"
That's the Spirit 1945 writer: "Bugle Call Rag"
Stage Door Canteen 1943 music: "Bugle Call Rag" 1922 - uncredited
Orchestra Wives 1942 writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Jan Garber and His Orchestra 1941 Short lyrics: "Bugle Call Rag"
Swing, Hutton, Swing 1937 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals 1935 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Phil Spitalny and His Musical Queens 1934 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Vaudeville 1934/II Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
A Bundle of Blues 1933 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag"
Smash Your Baggage 1932 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
Betty Boop's Ups and Downs 1932 Short writer: "Bugle Call Rag" - uncredited
My Lady's Past 1929 music: "A Kiss To Remember"
Why Be Good? 1929 writer: "Freshman Hop" - uncredited

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