In response to a reader who left a commenter asking for some jazz, we’re bringing this broadcast of Dixieland artists….
Lu Watters and his World Famous Yerba Buena Jazz Band, performing live at Hambone Kelly’s, 204 San Pablo, El Cerrito, California.
First Song Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee
Vocalist: Clancy Hayes
The best we can date this is to say that research shows that cornetist Lucius (“Lu”) Watters opened his restaurant Hambone Kelly’s in 1947, and the band dispersed in 1950, so that places this recording during that period. This KLX broadcast also says that the show was on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m.
A very nice essay about and vintage photo of the restaurant and the area where it was located is here.
(Don’t miss the fun caricature of Watters that was used at the restaurant.)
This is some snappy, foot-tapping Dixieland music, performed live, that we hope you will enjoy. And when you listen, take note of the amazing dinner prices!
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UPDATE 12/28/13: Please see the comment from Frank Selman below to learn the date of this recording.