Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang (w Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman & J. Teagarden) – Deep Harlem

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Irving Mills was a music publisher and owner of Mills Music with his brother Jack. He also was a singer, songwriter, A&R man and manager of several bands that included Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Mills Blue Rhythm Band and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which he managed from 1926 to 1939.

The Hotsy-Totsy Gang records made under Irving Mills name between 1928 and 1930 assembled some of the greatest White Jazz musicians of the era and often produced spectacular results. Sometimes Mills sang on the records, other times he just arranged the record dates and selected the musicians. As a singer Mills was not without talent (RedHoJazz).

Personnel:

  • Irving Mills – bandleader
  • Bix Beiderbecke – cornet
  • Ray Lodwig – trumpet
  • Jack Teagarden – trombone
  • Benny Goodman – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Min Leibrook – baritone saxophone
  • Joe Venuti, Matt Malneck – violin
  • Frank Signorelli – piano
  • Gene Krupa – drums

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New York, June 6, 1930.


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