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George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Dec 22 11:41:37 EST 2016


The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra began in the 1930s as a student band at
Alabama State, and was called the Bama State Collegians.  The Wikipeida
article is below.

GAT

*The Bama State Collegians* is a student jazz orchestra made up of students
at Alabama State University
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_State_University>. This group was
organized in the late 1920s by Len Bowden, Fess Whatley, and Paul Bascomb.
[1] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bama_State_Collegians#cite_note-1>
Bowden went on to direct the Navy's music program at Camp Robert Smalls
during World War II. John Tuggle "Fess" Whatley (1895-1972) was inducted
into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and has a K-8 school in Birmingham
named after him.

The Bama State Collegians have been directed by a number of notable
musicians, including Tommy Stewart
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Stewart_%28trumpeter%29> and Erskine
Hawkins <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erskine_Hawkins>.

The group also holds an important place in jazz history. In 1934, the
entire group travelled to New York and became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
<https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Erskine_Hawkins_Orchestra&action=edit&redlink=1>,
recording hit records such as Tuxedo Junction
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuxedo_Junction>, which rose to No. 7
nationally by Erskine Hawkins and No. 1 by Glenn Miller
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Miller>. Members of this band worked
with the NBC Orchestra
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC_Symphony_Orchestra>, the Lucky Millinder
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Millinder> Orchestra, the Duke
Ellington <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington> Orchestra, Louis
Armstrong <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong> and others.

Among those who have played with the orchestra are Dud Bascomb
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud_Bascomb>, Paul Bascomb
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bascomb>, Avery Parrish
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avery_Parrish>, and Haywood Henry
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haywood_Henry>.

On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:05 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> >
> > On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 12:04 AM, Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > "Bama," as a reference to the state of Alabama or the University of
> > > Alabama
> >
> >
> > When you say "new," you mean only "new to the OED," right?
> >
> >
>
>
> Yes.
>
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-- 
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . . .
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