[Dixielandjazz] Danny Alvin

Jim Denham james at jiming.demon.co.uk
Sun May 4 03:06:30 PDT 2003

Thanks for that information, Chris.

I am familiar with Danny Alvin's excellent Two-beat drumming with Max 
Kaminsky, Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, Wild Bill, etc.

I also know that he was something of a "character", and a favourite at 
Nick's in the 1940's. I seem to remember a story to the effect that he 
was the Best Man at Pee Wee Russell's wedding to Mary and tried to 
'touch' her for a loan after the ceremony.

I have an LP (remember them?) of "Danny Alvin and his Kings of Dixieland 
play at Club Basin Street".

As you can imagine, it's a very competent, fairly commercial latter-day 
"dixieland" band, complete with banjo and less than inspiring vocals.

The tunes are:
South Rampart Street
Just A Closer Walk
Bill Bailey
All Of Me
Riverside Blues
I Used To Love You
Sunny Side
After You've Gone
Basin Street

Does anyone know the personnel and/or the date of this?


Jim Denham

In message <003e01c3119c$303ed3a0$7478f842 at default>, Chris Tyle 
<tyleman at toast.net> writes
>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.
>Chris Tyle
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Jim Denham

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