[Dixielandjazz] Danny Alvin
tyleman at toast.net
Sat May 3 11:48:01 PDT 2003
For those interested, the following from John Chilton's "Who's Who of Jazz,
Storyville to Swing Street"
ALVIN, Danny (real name: Viniello) (drums).
Born: NYC, 29 Nov 1902 Died: Chicago, 5 Dec 1958.
Father of the late Teddy Walters (vocals/guitar). First professional work
accompanying 'Aunt Jemima' at Central Opera Nouse, NYC (1918). During the
following year began three-year spell accompanying vocalist Sophie Tucker.
Moved to Chicago in 1922, joined Jules Buffano's Band at Midnite Frolics,
worked with Frankie Quartell and Charlie Straight before joining Midway
Gardens Orch. Short spell with Joe Kayser's Band, then during 1926 and 1927
worked in Florida with Arnold Johnson's Orch. Returned to Chicago, joined Al
Morey's Orch, then with Wayne King's Band until 1930. Worked with Ted
Fio-Rito before joingin Amos Ostot and his Crimson Serenaders. Led own band
in Chicago at 100 Club until 1933, then spent three years working monstly
with pianist Art Hodes, usually at the Vanity Fair Cafe. Moved to NYC in
1936, extensive gigging before spending two years with Wingy Mannone. With
George Bruines at Nick's from May 1940, then own band at Trocadero. Replaced
Dave Tough in Joe Marsala's Band in August 1941. Regularly at Nick's 1942-43
with George Brunies, Brad Gowans, etc. Worked in Art Hodes' Trio at Nick's
during 1944, following year with Mezz Mezzrow Trio at Ryan's. Worked at
Eddie Condon's during late 1946, left in May 1947, returned to Chicago to
join Doc Evans' Band at Jazz Ltd. from June 1947. With George Zack's Trio in
Chicago in 1948, later that year joined Johnny Land Band. Organized own band
for residency at Rupneck's late 1949. During the 1950s, led own "King's of
Dixieland," ran own club from 1955.
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