Nathan “Jim” Robinson – born December 25th 1892 at Deer Assortment Louisiana: died Might 4th 1976 in New Orleans. Just a little bit of heritage to get this clearly show on the road!
Jim examined guitar as a kid but took up trombone in the military in the Very first Planet War. He returned to New Orleans in 1919 and was excellent plenty of to be a part of the Sam Morgan Band in which he was a fixture for a dozen decades. He examined with Sunny Henry and labored with Lee Collins in the Gold Leaf Band.
He stayed active for the duration of the Melancholy, predominantly with Avery “Kid” Howard and was a frequent with the George Lewis Band.. Jim recorded with the Sam Morgan Band in the 1920’s, famous recordings that have been re-issued lots of moments. He was on the Child Rena Decca classes and is of training course on most of Bill Russell’s Bunk Johnson recordings. 1 of the greatest Jazz Band recordings transpired at this time, with Bunk missing, Jim Robinson and George Lewis alongside one another with Toddler Dodds, Slow Drag and Lawrence Marrero developed the excellent anthem of New Orleans collective jazz improvisation. It truly is yours to pay attention nowadays on American Music AMCD 4. The tune is known as “San Jacinto Stomp” – it really is my desert island disc – but extra of that afterwards. Now pay attention to “Ice Cream” with Jim supplying it his all and all over again there are no solos, just jazz. It is on AMCD 2 and by the way, hear thoroughly to Infant Dodds on the drums.
Jim toured and recorded countless periods with George Lewis and Kid Howard, and manufactured some fantastic recordings below his have identify on the Riverside label..This is a small component of Jim Robinson’s pretty busy new music-crammed everyday living. I am not trying a biography right here, my key purpose is to get you to hear to”Massive Jim” yourselves! Scathing critics in the mainstream and modern-day jazz fields have carped at the clear simplicity of his style, “the agricultural trombone of Jim Robinson” said a single critic in the Jazz Journal.
Having invested my lifestyle finding out, participating in, living and loving New Orleans Jazz, I can explain to you that additional trombone gamers have tried and presented up in irritation seeking to emulate the Jim Robinson style. I’m not talking about copying Jim be aware for take note. No just one would want to duplicate George Lewis, Jim Robinson, Bunk Johnson or Kid Howard. What we are seeking for is the model -the intent of the instrument in a jazz band participating in in the New Orleans ensemble The earlier mentioned musicians in fact established a design – sure – an unique generation for us to hear to, love and even emulate.
I can explain to you that the thrill of actively playing and listening to a band in this type is for me “The meaning of life” The quest for the orgasmic wall of rhythmic seem that is not arranged and spontaneous ensemble improvisation is nirvana.
I suppose my desert island disc would be American Tunes AMCD 2 “When You and I had been Young Maggie”
But I send you a warning – this audio is addictive – beware! Wait around a minute I have obtained an additional have to-have! In 1963 Tom Bethel recorded Child Howard at San Jacinto Hall in New Orleans with Child Howard, Jim Robinson, George Lewis, George Guesnon, Sluggish Drag and Cie Frazier. It truly is on GHB 23 – I’ve got to have that one with me! Glimpse out – right here comes an additional a person Jim Robinson stars below on “Moonlight and Roses on GHB