Arthur Taylor

Arthur Taylor was a banjoist who played with King Oliver’s band.

Songs recorded with King Oliver include:

What do you want me to do?
Sweet Like This
Too Late
Frankie and Johnny
New Orleans Shout
St James Infirmry
When You’re Smiling
Boogie Woogie
Mule Face Blues
Struggle Buggy
Don’t You Think I Love You
Shake It And Break It
Stingaree Blues
Everybody Does It In Hawaii

Played with Dave Nelson (King Oliver’s Nephew) and the King’s Men On:
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Some Of These Days
When Day Is Done

Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Just a note to say I agree with your theory on Bud Scott as banjoist on Canal Street Blues by Oliver. In fact I’ve been saying for years that it has to be Bud Scott or Johnny St. Cyr because the banjo is going down to a low F (1st fret, 6th string) and tenors don’t go that low. Bud Scott also played tenor banjo. I play tenor, plectrum, and 6 string banjo and it’s been my experience that the 6 string produces lots of overtone noise and a rumbling kind of sound that the tenor and plectrum do not produce and if you listen to all the tunes from Oliver’s Apr 5 and 6th sessions you can hear that un mistakeable 6 string banjo sound on all of the tunes. The banjo solo break on Weatherbird Rag is also done on 6 string in my opinion. It is amazing how many people reject the theory of Bud Scott’s presence and that the banjo used is a 6 string and not a tenor.
    John Gill

    ps I met a man in Italy who claims to own Bill Johnson’s Vega tenor and claims that by re-tuning it to some kind of hybrid tuning can produce the sounds heard on Canal Street Blues.
    I have also heard this from an old timer that Bill Johnson was more of a manager than a player and was frequently absent from the bass chair in the Oliver band. He was also the leader and manager of The Original Creole Band that had been a big hit from 1912 until 1918. He then formed a new Creole Band with King Oliver as frontman, therefor, King Oliver’s “Creole” Jazz Band. When Johnson left the band by around June of 1923, the word Creole vanishes from the band’s name and it becomes King Oliver’s Jazz Band.
    John Gill

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