Luis Russell, Piano

A Savoy Shout Luis Russell And His Burning Eight
A Savoy Shout Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as) Charlie Holmes (cl)
Luis Russell (p,ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written By - Victor, Metcalf , Russell
New York, January 15, 1929 - Matrix - 401532
The Call Of The Freaks Luis Russell And His Burning Eight
The Call Of The Freaks Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as) Charlie Holmes (cl)
Luis Russell (p,ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written-By - Barbarin
New York, January 15, 1929 - Matrix - 401533-B
It's Tight Like That Luis Russell And His Burning Eight
It's Tight Like That Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as) Charlie Holmes (cl)
Luis Russell (p,ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written By - Dorsey/Whittaker
New York, January 15, 1929 - Matrix - 401534-A
West End Blues King Oliver And His Orchestra
West End Blues Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Written-By - Oliver
New York, January 6, 1929 - Matrix - 496S0-I
West End Blues I King Oliver And His Orchestra
West End Blues Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Written-By - Oliver
New York, January 16,1929 - Matrix - 49650-2
I've Got That Thing King Oliver And His Orchestra
I've Got That Thing< Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, January 6, 1929 - Matrix - 49651-I
I've Got That Thing I King Oliver And His Orchestra
I've Got That Thing Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Will Johnson (bj) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, January 16,1929 - Matrix - 49651-2
Freakish Light Blues King Oliver And His Orchestra
Freakish Light Blues Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written-By - Barbarin
New York, February 1, 1929 - Matrix - 49649-3
Freakish Light Blues I King Oliver And His Orchestra
Freakish Light Blues Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written-By - Russell , Barbarin
New York, February 1, 1929 - Matrix - 49644-4
The Call Of The Freaks King Oliver And His Orchestra
The Call Of The Freaks Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written-By - Barbarin
New York, February 1, 1929 - Matrix - 48333-I
The Call Of The Freaks I King Oliver And His Orchestra
The Call Of The Freaks Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written-By - Barbarin
New York, February 1, 1929 - Matrix - 48333-2
The Trumpet's Prayer King Oliver And His Orchestra
The Trumpet's Prayer Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, February 1, 1929 - Matrix - 48334-I
The Trumpet's Prayer I King Oliver And His Orchestra
The Trumpet's Prayer Louis Metcalf (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Teddy Hill (ts) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p)
King Oliver (ldr) Wiliam "Bass" Moore (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, February 1, 1929
African Jungle The Jungle Town Stompers
African Jungle Louis Metcalf (tp) Henry Hicks (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Elmer Snowden (bj) Henry Edwards (b) Written By - Williams
New York, April 15, 1929 - Matrix - 401797-C
Slow As Molasses The Jungle Town Stompers
Slow As Molasses Louis Metcalf (tp) Henry Hicks (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Elmer Snowden (bj) Henry Edwards (b)
New York, April 15, 1929 - Matrix - 401798-B
The New Call Of The Freaks Luis Russell And His Orchestra
The New Call Of The Freaks Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen , J.C. Higginbotham , Louis Metcalf (vcl) Written-By - Barbarin;
New York, September 6, 1929 - Matrix - 402938-C
Feeling The Spirit Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Feeling The Spirit Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen , J.C. Higginbotham , Louis Metcalf (vcl)
New York, September 6, 1929 - Matrix - 402939-C
Jersey Lighning Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Jersey Lighning Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen , J.C. Higginbotham , Louis Metcalf (vcl)
New York, September 6, 1929 - Matrix - 402940-B
Broadway Rhythm Lou And His Gingersnaps
Broadway Rhythm Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts)
Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Albert Nicholas (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Written By - Joffe/Thomas
New York, September 13, 1929 - Matrix - 4166
The Way He Loves You Is Just Too Bad Lou And His Gingersnaps
The Way He Loves You Is Just Too Bad Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts)
Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Albert Nicholas (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, September 13, 1929 - Matrix - 4169-1
The Way He Loves You Is Just Too Bad I Lou And His Gingersnaps
The Way He Loves You Is Just Too Bad Bill Coleman , Henry "Red" Allen (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Teddy Hill (ts)
Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Albert Nicholas (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, September 13, 1929 - Matrix - 4169-2
Doctor Blues Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Doctor Blues Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Written-By - Russell , Barbarin
New York, December 17, 1929 - Matrix - 403524.C
Saratoga Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Saratoga Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm) Written-By - Holmes , Russell
New York, January 24, 1930 - Matrix - 403680-A
Song Of The Swanee Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Song Of The Swanee Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hill (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b)
Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, January 24, 1930 - Matrix - 403682-C
Give Me Your Telephone Number J.C. Higginbotham And His Six Hicks
Give Me Your Telephone Number Henry "Red" Allen (cnt) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,ldr) Charlie Holmes (as) Luis Russell (p) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Written-By - Higginbotham
New York, February 5, 1930 - Matrix - 403736-A
Higginbotham Blues J.C. Higginbotham And His Six Hicks
Henry "Red" Allen (cnt) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,ldr) Charlie Holmes (as) Luis Russell (p) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, February 5, 1930 - Matrix - 403737-C
Louisiana Swing Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Louisiana Swing Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hil (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vub) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Andy Razaf , J.C. Higginbotham , Jesse Cryor(vcl); Written-By - Russell
New York, May 29, 1930 - Matrix - 404047-A
Louisiana Swing Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Louisiana Swing Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hil (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vub) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Andy Razaf , J.C. Higginbotham , Jesse Cryor(vcl);
New York, May 29, 1930 - Matrix - 404047-C
Poor Li'l Me Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Poor Li'l Me Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hil (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vub) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Andy Razaf , J.C. Higginbotham , Jesse Cryor(vcl);
New York, May 29, 1930 - Matrix - 404048-C
On Revival Day Luis Russell And His Orchestra
On Revival Day Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hil (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vub) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Andy Razaf , J.C. Higginbotham , Jesse Cryor(vcl);
New York, May 29, 1930 - Matrix - 404049-A - Style - A Rhythmic Spiritual
On Revival Day Luis Russell And His Orchestra
On Revival Day Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Teddy Hil (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vub) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Andy Razaf , J.C. Higginbotham , Jesse Cryor(vcl);
New York, May 29, 1930 - Matrix - 404049-B - Style - A Rhythmic Spiritual
Muggin' Lightly Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Muggin' Lightly Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
Written By - Levey; Written-By - Russell;
New York, September 5, 1930 - Matrix - 404428-B
Panama Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Panama Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, September 5, 1930 - Matrix - 404429-A
High Tension Luis Russell And His Orchestra
High Tension Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, September 5, 1930 - Matrix - 404430-B
I Got Rhythm Luis Russell And His Orchestra
I Got Rhythm Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, October 24, 1930 - Matrix - E835025
Saratoga Drag Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Saratoga Drag Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, December 17, 1930 - Matrix - E 35758
Ease On Down Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Ease On Down Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, December 17, 1930 - Matrix - E 35759
Honey, That Reminds Me Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Honey, That Reminds Me Henry "Red" Allen , Otis Johnson (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb,vcl)) Charlie Holmes (as,ss) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely WAlton (ts) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm)
New York, December 17, 1930 - Matrix - E 35760
You Rascal You Luis Russell And His Orchestra
You Rascal You Gus Aiken , Henry "Red" Allen , Robert Cheek (tp) Dicky Wells (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely Walton (ts) Henry Jones (as) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen (vcl) Written By - Theard
New York, August 28, 1931 - Matrix - 70195-I
Goin' To Town Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Goin' To Town Gus Aiken , Henry "Red" Allen , Robert Cheek (tp) Dicky Wells (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely Walton (ts) Henry Jones (as) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen (vcl) Written By - Theard
New York, August 28, 1931 - Matrix - 70196-I
Say The Word Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Say The Word Gus Aiken , Henry "Red" Allen , Robert Cheek (tp) Dicky Wells (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely Walton (ts) Henry Jones (as) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen (vcl) Written By - Theard
New York, August 28, 1931 - Matrix - 70197-I
Freakish Blues Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Freakish Blues Gus Aiken , Henry "Red" Allen , Robert Cheek (tp) Dicky Wells (tb) Albert Nicholas (as,cl) Greely Walton (ts) Henry Jones (as) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Will Johnson (bj,g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Henry "Red" Allen (vcl) Written By - Theard
New York, August 28, 1931 - Matrix - 70198-I
At The Darktown Strutters Ball Luis Russell And His Orchestra
At The Darktown Strutters Ball Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 1557 I-I
My Blue Heaven Luis Russell And His Orchestra
My Blue Heaven Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 15572-I
Ghost Of The Freaks Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Ghost Of The Freaks Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 15573-I
Hokus Pokus Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Hokus Pokus Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 15547-I
Primitive Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Primitive Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 15575-I
Ol' Man River Luis Russell And His Orchestra
Ol' Man River Rex Stewart (cnt) Gus Aiken , Leonard Davis (tp) Jimmy Archey , Nathaniel Story (tb) Charlie Holmes (as,cl) Henry Jones (as,cl) Bingie Madison (ts,cl) Greely Walton (ts,cl) Luis Russell (p,ldr) Paul Barbarin (vib) Lee Blair (g) George "Pops" Foster (b) Paul Barbarin (dm) Sonny Woods (vcl) Written By - Brooks
New York, August 8, 1934 - Matrix - 15576-I
 
Luis Russell 1902 - 1963
Russell was a native of Panama, but after winning $3000 in a lottery in 1919, he moved with his mother and sister to New Orleans where he made a living as a pianist.
In 1925 Russell moved to Chicago to join Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra and then later became the pianist in King Oliver's band.
He moved to New York with Oliver in 1927 before he formed his own Luis Russell Orchestra made up of several other King Oliver sidemen.
He recorded six songs in 1926 with his Hot Six and Heebie Jeebie Stompers.
By 1929 his band had grown to ten-pieces and they recorded a dozen records that are considered some of the first and best examples of Swing music. The band started backing up Louis Armstrong on a few of his early orchestra recordings. In 1935 Louis Armstrong took it over the orchestra altogether and for the next eight years they functioned as back-up band for Armstrong with Russell acting as the musical director. Russell led a new band from 1943-48 that played at the Savoy and Apollo and made a few recordings. The final 15 years of his life he made his living outside of music, operating a candy shop, a toy store and then working as a chauffeur.

If you have information about Luis Russell, please write to me: Heinz

If you have information about Luis Russell, please write to me: Heinz
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