[Dixielandjazz] Gin Bottle Seven

Bill Biffle bbiffle at swcp.com
Mon Dec 1 21:56:59 PST 2003

A friend of mine from Cincy - a consummate musician, barbershop harmony guru, trombone player, etc. - sent me a bit about Carl Halen's Gin Bottle Seven.  Says he first heard and saw them in the late 40s at Miami University in the Student union building.  Evidently, Mr. Halen was a member of Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, a youthful band that emerged from Ohio in the mod-40s and made quite a national name for itself.  

After serving in the Korean war, Carl formed the Gin Bottle Seven and developed a good following in the Cincinnati area.  In addition to Halen, who played tpt, there was banjo/vocalist Jan Carroll, Tom Hyer on drums, Bob Butters on trombone, and Jim Campbell who played bass saxophone as a substitute for tuba.   Apparently Martin Kollstedt played clarinet and Matt Fuchs was the piano player.

Who knows these guys?  Any of them on the list?  Any recordings extant?

Thanks for reading and responding.

Bill Biffle
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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