Nathan “Jim” Robinson – born December 25th 1892 at Deer Vary Louisiana: died Could 4th 1976 in New Orleans. Just a bit little bit of historical past to get this present on the street!
Jim studied guitar as a child however took up trombone within the military within the First World Battle. He returned to New Orleans in 1919 and was adequate to hitch the Sam Morgan Band through which he was a fixture for a dozen years. He studied with Sunny Henry and labored with Lee Collins within the Gold Leaf Band.
He stayed energetic throughout the Melancholy, primarily with Avery “Child” Howard and was a daily with the George Lewis Band.. Jim recorded with the Sam Morgan Band within the 1920’s, legendary recordings which were re-issued many occasions. He was on the Child Rena Decca classes and is after all on most of Invoice Russell’s Bunk Johnson recordings. One of many best Jazz Band recordings occurred at the moment, with Bunk lacking, Jim Robinson and George Lewis along with Child Dodds, Sluggish Drag and Lawrence Marrero created the good anthem of New Orleans collective jazz improvisation. It is yours to hear immediately on American Music AMCD 4. The tune is known as “San Jacinto Stomp” – it is my desert island disc – however extra of that later. Now hearken to “Ice Cream” with Jim giving it his all and once more there are not any solos, simply jazz. It’s on AMCD 2 and by the best way, hear fastidiously to Child Dodds on the drums.
Jim toured and recorded numerous occasions with George Lewis and Child Howard, and made some fantastic recordings below his personal title on the Riverside label..This can be a small a part of Jim Robinson’s very busy music-filled life. I’m not making an attempt a biography right here, my important objective is to get you to hearken to”Huge Jim” yourselves! Scathing critics within the mainstream and fashionable jazz fields have carped on the obvious simplicity of his type, “the agricultural trombone of Jim Robinson” stated one critic within the Jazz Journal.
Having spent my life finding out, taking part in, residing and loving New Orleans Jazz, I can let you know that extra trombone gamers have tried and given up in frustration attempting to emulate the Jim Robinson type. I am not speaking about copying Jim observe for observe. Nobody would wish to copy George Lewis, Jim Robinson, Bunk Johnson or Child Howard. What we’re on the lookout for is the type -the objective of the instrument in a jazz band taking part in within the New Orleans ensemble The above musicians really created a method – sure – an authentic creation for us to hearken to, get pleasure from and even emulate.
I can let you know that the joys of taking part in and listening to a band on this type is for me “The which means of life” The hunt for the orgasmic wall of rhythmic sound that’s not organized and spontaneous ensemble improvisation is nirvana.
I suppose my desert island disc can be American Music AMCD 2 “When You and I had been Younger Maggie”
However I ship you a warning – this music is addictive – beware! Wait a minute I’ve acquired one other must-have! In 1963 Tom Bethel recorded Child Howard at San Jacinto Corridor in New Orleans with Child Howard, Jim Robinson, George Lewis, George Guesnon, Sluggish Drag and Cie Frazier. It is on GHB 23 – I’ve acquired to have that one with me! Look out – right here comes one other one Jim Robinson stars right here on “Moonlight and Roses on GHB