[Dixielandjazz] Davison & Bix to Ringwald/Petters

Brian Towers towers at allstream.net
Sun Mar 14 12:18:58 PST 2004

Tom Saunders,
Thanks for sharing those very precious memories with us.  Wonderful stuff

For our British friends reading this,  I was lucky enough to have Tom
Saunders share our bandstand at a jazz festival, a year or two back. He
plays his horn with much of the heat, fire and drive of "Wild Bill" - with
his own individual personality and interpretation, of course.

Brian Towers (trombone)
Hot Five Jazzmakers
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Saunders" <tcornet at webtv.net>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2004 12:09 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Davison & Bix to Ringwald/Petters

> Gents,
> I think everyone in the world has a "Wild Bill" story to tell. Here are
> a few.
> Bill first heard Bix at a ballroom in Cincinatti. The band Bill was with
> was at one end and the Wolverines atth other. Bill loved the way Bix
> played and, in fact,
> his solo on the first record he ever made
> sounded more like Bix than the Davison
> we all know. It was "Because They All LoveYou" with the Chub Stienberg
> band.
> If either of you have the video we did on Bill's life it's in there.
> Bill showed me the building where a speakeasy was located that
> entertained
> him and Bix many nights after their gigs.
> Bix was in Detroit with Whiteman and Bill
> was at the Pirateship Cafe working for the Purple Gang. As you know,
> during prohibition one could get an honest drink of booze inDetroit, as
> i came from Canada. Bill and Bix knew that too!
> Bill did tell me that while in Detroit he played cornet with Bix on the
> piano after
> Bix's pivot tooth fell out.To this day I don't know what a pivot tooth
> is. We could go on about these two, but that covers what you brought up.
> By the way, the recording I mention above was Bill's first. Many people
> think it was
> "Horsey Keep Your Tail Up" with that same band, but they are mistaken.
> Bil & I covered this carefully, as we knew it would comeup time & time
> again.
> Stay well & Have Fun,
> Tom Saunders
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