[Dixielandjazz] Trombone Rag or I Am Pecan Pete

Don Ingle dingle at nomadinter.net
Fri Jun 1 04:49:39 PDT 2007

Our Michigan Nighthawks are fond of Turk's "Brother Lowdown" and play it 
often in our sets.
We do not in any way play it ala Turk, but more in a Chicago jazz manner.
But the tune works many ways, and am surprised more bands do not play it.
Don Ingle

Bob Romans wrote:
> Trombone Rag is actually a very simple trombone piece. In 3 of my 
> youth bands, the trombone players memorized it and stood in front of 
> the band performing it...
> The Riverboat Rascals
> The Hot "N" Tots
> The Alley Cats
> Now, "I Am Pecan Pete" is a different story! That's a Turk original 
> too. The late great Bill  Hannaford played it on one of our 
> recordings, and Pat Yankee heard Bill Hannaford play it live at The 
> Dawn Club...about 1995...she said Turk never played it as well as 
> Hannaford...(he passed away in 1998 from bone cancer)
> How many of you t-bone players know that piece?
> Warm regards,
> Bob Romans,
> 1617 Lakeshore Dr.,
> Lodi, Calif. 95242
> Ph 209-747-1148
> www.cellblockseven2002.net
> Message: 14
> Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 05:21:09 +0000
> From: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Turk Murphy
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> Fr Mike Logsdon wrote (regarding "Trombone Rag"):
>> I bought the Turk Murphy favorites Vols 1 & 2. I really like how he 
>> plays
>> "Trombone Rag."
> If it hasn't already been mentioned I should add that Turk probably 
> plays it
> well because he's the one who wrote it.
> Jim Maihack (who played with Turk's band for a few years) reports that 
> Turk
> got tired of having his recorded trombone solos ripped off by other 
> aspiring
> trombone players so he decided to write something that was a bit more
> difficult and would not be so casually copied "note for note."
> The story may be apochryphal but that's pretty much the way I heard it.
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill "Boondocker" Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
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