Nathan “Jim” Robinson – born December twenty fifth 1892 at Deer Vary Louisiana: died Could 4th 1976 in New Orleans. Just a bit little bit of historical past to get this present on the street!
Jim studied guitar as a child however took up trombone within the military within the First World Conflict. He returned to New Orleans in 1919 and was ok to affix the Sam Morgan Band during which he was a fixture for a dozen years. He studied with Sunny Henry and labored with Lee Collins within the Gold Leaf Band.
He stayed energetic in the course of the Despair, primarily with Avery “Child” Howard and was an everyday with the George Lewis Band.. Jim recorded with the Sam Morgan Band within the 1920’s, legendary recordings which have been re-issued many instances. He was on the Child Rena Decca classes and is after all on most of Invoice Russell’s Bunk Johnson recordings. One of many biggest Jazz Band recordings occurred right now, with Bunk lacking, Jim Robinson and George Lewis along with Child Dodds, Gradual Drag and Lawrence Marrero created the nice anthem of New Orleans collective jazz improvisation. It is yours to pay attention at this time on American Music AMCD 4. The tune is named “San Jacinto Stomp” – it is my desert island disc – however extra of that later. Now take heed to “Ice Cream” with Jim giving it his all and once more there are not any solos, simply jazz. It’s on AMCD 2 and by the best way, pay attention fastidiously to Child Dodds on the drums.
Jim toured and recorded numerous instances with George Lewis and Child Howard, and made some fantastic recordings below his personal identify on the Riverside label..This can be a small a part of Jim Robinson’s very busy music-filled life. I’m not making an attempt a biography right here, my primary goal is to get you to take heed to”Large Jim” yourselves! Scathing critics within the mainstream and fashionable jazz fields have carped on the obvious simplicity of his model, “the agricultural trombone of Jim Robinson” mentioned one critic within the Jazz Journal.
Having spent my life learning, taking part in, residing and loving New Orleans Jazz, I can inform you that extra trombone gamers have tried and given up in frustration making an attempt to emulate the Jim Robinson model. I am not speaking about copying Jim observe for observe. Nobody would wish to copy George Lewis, Jim Robinson, Bunk Johnson or Child Howard. What we’re on the lookout for is the model -the goal of the instrument in a jazz band taking part in within the New Orleans ensemble The above musicians really created a method – sure – an unique creation for us to take heed to, take pleasure in and even emulate.
I can inform you that the fun of taking part in and listening to a band on this model is for me “The which means of life” The search for the orgasmic wall of rhythmic sound that’s not organized and spontaneous ensemble improvisation is nirvana.
I suppose my desert island disc could be American Music AMCD 2 “When You and I have been Younger Maggie”
However I ship you a warning – this music is addictive – beware! Wait a minute I’ve acquired one other must-have! In 1963 Tom Bethel recorded Child Howard at San Jacinto Corridor in New Orleans with Child Howard, Jim Robinson, George Lewis, George Guesnon, Gradual Drag and Cie Frazier. It is on GHB 23 – I’ve acquired to have that one with me! Look out – right here comes one other one Jim Robinson stars right here on “Moonlight and Roses on GHB