Jabbo Smith

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Jabbo Smith

#1 Post by funkyfreak » Mon Apr 12, 2004 2:34 pm

A forgotten artist of swinging jazz: Jabbo Smith.

A direct 'challenger' to Louis Armstrong ability level and one of Roy Eldridge's influences, this guy's got insane swinging skill (in fact, Roy recounts a story of when Jabbo kicked his ass at a show).

Listen to some songs & talk about him.

He played with greats such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others, and led his own band "Jabbo Smith & his Rhythm Aces". He played all the brass instruments, and even sang (eerily similar in sound to Armstrong).

Listen / Buy His Records on Amazon


Check him out, quality stuff in his short but explosive career.