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The Chocolate Dandies

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The Chocolate Dandies was a name used by a number of different jazz ensembles in the United States from the 1920s into the 1940s. The name "Chocolate Dandies" originally came from a 1924 stage show written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. A unit led by Don Redman was the first to record with it on the Okeh label in 1928-1929. He also recorded with McKinney's Cotton Pickers and released material with that ensemble under this name. Benny Carter had several ensembles in the 1930s which he called the Chocolate Dandies; versions of these groups continued to play into the 1940s, and counted among their members Coleman Hawkins, Max Kaminsky, Floyd O'Brien, Buck Clayton, and other members of Carter's and Fletcher Henderson's bands.

PortraitColeman Hawkins
ts 1904-1969 US
PortraitFats Waller
p, voc 1904-1943 US
PortraitBen Webster
ts 1909-1973 US
PortraitRoy Eldridge
tr 1911-1989 US
PortraitJohn Kirby
b, cb 1908-1952 US
PortraitBenny Carter
as 1907-2003 US
PortraitBuck Clayton
tr 1911-1991 US
PortraitAl Grey
tb 1925-2000 US
George Thomas
cl, ts, as *1902 US
PortraitChick Webb
dr 1905-1939 US
PortraitJimmy Harrison
voc, tb 1900-1931 US
PortraitDon Redman
as, voc 1900-1964 US
PortraitPrince Robinson
cl, ts 1907-1960 US
PortraitHorace Henderson
p 1904-1988 US
Dave Wilborn
bj, voc *1904 US
PortraitBernard Addison
g 1905-1990 US
Langston Curl
tr 1899-1991 US
PortraitClaude Jones
tb 1901-1962 US
Ralph Escudero
b, tu 1898-1970 PR
PortraitRex Stewart
tr, cor 1907-1967 US
PortraitJ.C. Higginbotham
tb 1906-1973 US
PortraitCyrus St. Clair
ssph, tu 1890-1955 US
PortraitTodd Rhodes
p 1900-1965 US
Cuba Austin
dr 1906-1961 US
Bobby Stark
tr 1906-1945 US
PortraitLeonard Davis
tr 1905-1957
PortraitSidney Catlett
dr 1910-1951 US
George Stafford
dr 1898-1936 US
PortraitJohn Simmons
b 1918-1979 US
Milton Senior
cl, as
Benny Jackson
g US
PortraitJohn Nesbitt
tr 1900-1935 US
Popular Tracks   
Dee Blues on Selected Sessions by Coleman Hawkins
I Never Knew on The Big Broadcast, Volume 1: Jazz and Popular Music of the 1920s and 1930s by Various Artists
Blue Interlude - 78rpm Version on The Columbia And Victor Sessions, Vol. 1 by Chu Berry
Six or Seven Times on Those Dirty Blues, Vol. 2 by Various Artists
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me on Tenor Giants by Coleman Hawkins & Chu Berry
Bugle Call Rag on Selected Sessions by Coleman Hawkins
Goodbye Blues on Selected Sessions by Coleman Hawkins
Got Another Sweetie Now on Selected Sessions by Coleman Hawkins
Cloudy Skies on Selected Sessions by Coleman Hawkins
Dedication on Tenor Giants by Coleman Hawkins & Chu Berry

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Benny Carter With The Chocolate DandiesBenny Carter With The Chocolate Dandies2015Compil.
(1928 - 1933)The Chocolate Dandies1996Compil.
1928/1940The Chocolate Dandies1993Compil.
King Of The Tenor SaxColeman Hawkins, The Chocolate Dandies1988Single
The Chocolate Dandies And Leonard Feather's Allstars 1940 And 1943Coleman Hawkins, The Chocolate Dandies And Leonard Feather All Stars1979Compil.
Visages Du Jazz N°6Benny Carter, The Chocolate Dandies1960Compil.
Tops In TenorChu Berry & His Little Jazz Ensemble / The Chocolate Dandies1957Album
Six Or Seven Times / The EelThe Chocolate Dandies / Eddie Condon And His Orchestra1945Album
Smack! / DedicationThe Chocolate Dandies / Coleman Hawkins And His Rhythm1940Album
I Surrender Dear / I Can't Believe That You're In Love With MeThe Chocolate Dandies1940Album
The House Of David Blues / I Never KnewFletcher Henderson And His Orchestra / The Chocolate Dandies1939Album
Blue Interlude / I Never KnewThe Chocolate Dandies1934Album
Blue Interlude / Happy FeetThe Chocolate Dandies / Horace Henderson And His Orchestra1934Album
I Never Knew / MarieThe Chocolate Dandies / Claude Hopkins And His Orchestra1934Album
What Can A Poor Fellow Do? / Krazy KapersDuke Ellington And His Orchestra / The Chocolate Dandies1934Album
The Ghost Of St. Louis Blues / Dee BluesEmmett Miller / The Chocolate Dandies1931Album
Bugle Call Rag / Body And SoulThe Chocolate Dandies / Fred Rich And His Orchestra1931Album
Bugle Call Rag / Dee BluesThe Chocolate Dandies1931Album
Casa Loma Stomp / Dee BluesO.K. Rhythm Kings / The Chocolate Dandies1931Album
Star Dust / Birmingham Break-DownThe Chocolate Dandies1928Album
Paducah / Four Or Five TimesThe Chocolate Dandies / The Little Chocolate Dandies1928Album
Krazy Kapers / Once Upon A TimeThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Cloudy Skies / Doctor BluesThe Chocolate Dandies / Luis Russell And His OrchestraAlbum
Star Dust / Bugle Call RagThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Star Dust / Save It Pretty Mamma For MeThe Chocolate Dandies / Louis Armstrong And His OrchestraAlbum
Bugle Call Rag / The New Call Of The FreaksThe Chocolate Dandies / Luis Russell And His OrchestraAlbum
Bugle Call RagThe Chocolate DandiesSingle
I Never Knew / Krazy KapersThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Got Another Sweetie Now / Dee BluesThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Goodbye Blues / Cloudy SkiesThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
The Chocolate Dandies 1928-33The Chocolate DandiesCompil.
Goodbye Blues / Bugle Call Rag / Dee Blues / Cloudy SkiesThe Chocolate DandiesSingle
Once Upon A Time / I Ain't Got NobodyThe Chocolate Dandies / Earl HinesAlbum
But I Can't Make A Man / Goodbye BluesThe Dorsey Brothers And Their New Dynamiks / The Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Bugle Call Rag / Blue InterludeThe Chocolate DandiesAlbum
Ain't Cha Glad / Once Upon A TimeHorace Henderson And His Orchestra / The Chocolate DandiesAlbum
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