[Dixielandjazz] Speaking of Wild Bill Davison

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Wed Oct 27 14:46:29 PDT 2010

Ken Gates wrote [in part]:
> I'm pretty sure Wild Bill was not a big fan of New Orleans style as played by George Lewis.......brings up a story that ... [Bill] was persuaded to sit in for one tune with the George Lewis band. He .......was really impressed with the power of the rhythm section.  Can anyone confirm that story in any way?

Dear Ken, 
The only mention of George Lewis in 'The Wildest One. The Life of Wild Bill Davidson' by Hal Willard [1996] is in reference to Bill's long love-hate relationship with Kenny Davern and noting Kenny's admiration for the playing of Pee Wee Russell and George Lewis.
Perhaps there is something in Edward N. Meyer’s recent biography of Kenny Davern’s life and music, 'Just Four Bars' [2010. Scarecrow Press]. 
I do not have this yet.
Very kind regards,

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