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7 February 2016
Post 382: BUNK JOHNSON AND THE LIFEBOAT
Willie 'Bunk' Johnson was a legendary jazz trumpet player. He is believed to have been born in or after 1889; and he died in 1949. Bunk was a star in New Orleans during the early years of the Twentieth Century but later fell into obscurity, only to be re-discovered and encouraged to make recordings and give performances on tour during the years shortly before his death. So he was much involved in the revival of traditional New Orleans jazz in the 1940s.
Many of those tunes he recorded in the 1940s are still favourites with traditional jazz bands.
One of them that I decided to work out and learn is Lord, Let Me in the Lifeboat.
To my ear, it sounded like this. I have transcribed it - as I do with all the tunes I collect - into one of my mini filofaxes:
The tunes Bunk is believed to have recorded (supplied to me by a kind correspondent) are these:
Ace in the Hole
After You've Gone
Alexander's Ragtime Band