Ingemar Wågerman: Alton Purnell Discography




The pianist Alton Purnell passed away January 14, 1987. Thirty years later, my ”Alton Purnell Discography” was published just in time for the anniversary. This project, which started in 2000, was initially intended to be a simple list of Alton’s recordings after he moved to California in 1956, but because he was perhaps best known as the pianist with Bunk Johnson and George Lewis, it was natural to expand the contents. The result was a book of 304 large size pages with c:a 1000 illustrations, mainly color pictures of album covers and labels including a lot of re-issues, a variety of reviews and articles, etc. The book can be ordered by e-mail

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The book will not be reprinted, but additions and corrections will be published here!

1951-01-13 LP: Palm (UK) 30:20
Music from New Orleans

Palm cover


The session with Storyville Dandies was omitted by mistake:

1977-12-14 Storyville Dandies Victor Music Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

Akira Nakano tp, Hideaki Machino tb, Taiichiro Yoshimoto cl, Masahiko Shibata ts, Alton Purnell p, Akira Tsumura bj, Shoichi Kaneko b, Haruo Sekiguchi dr




Trevor Richards 50 Years Trio: Previously Unissued Material 1965 – 2015  Featuring Alton Purnell




Haricots 40xx

Les Haricots Rouges 40th Anniversary


Label: Black & Blue (2009)


Verve (Gwyn)

1956-06-07 George Lewis Band, Coast Recording Studios, San Francisco

45RPM: Verve V 2044



jazz masters svart

Jazz Masters e.f.s.a. collection, Mandarim Records. Ireland


LP Swaggie S 1201 F

Swaggie S 1201

LP Swaggie S 1202 F

Swaggie S 1202

LP Swaggie S 1203 F

Swaggie S 1203

1953-06-18 George Lewis New Orleans Ragtime Band. NBC Studios, San Francisco

Australian issues Swaggie S 1201-03


Dix Saints King LP

King SKK 3033

LP: King Records SKK 3033 Yoshio Toyama and His Dixieland Saints featuring Alton Purnell

There are most likely other issues, too. If I find information, it will be included here.


Legends annons Gbg

Gothenburg Concert Hall 1966-02-18


1974-11-24 Dave Brennan’s Jazzmen



1977-09-28 Estrad, Södertälje

LEGENDS Södertälje


Alton visitkort Legends

Alton Publicity card w. Legends


There is a cassette featuring Alton Purnell with Ron Radford’s Band recorded in Northampton sometime in the mid 1970’s. Harry Slater was on bass and Ron Radford trombone. Ron’s son Colin was on reeds along with possibly John Hale. Bill Dickens was on trumpet.

Alton also played with Derek Winters, Brian Carrick etc somewhere in UK in the 80-s.


The following tunes should be omitted on pages 295 ff (Alton did not play these tunes with The New Bull Moose Party Band!)



The following sections were omitted to be included in Bob Allen’s coming Alton biography. Illustrations will be included.

Still a teenager, Alton started to work professionally around 1928 as a singer and a piano player in The Pelican Annex and other New Orleans clubs. One night, Isiah Morgan (Sam’s brother) needed a piano player, and Alton was suggested. The band members were Isiah Morgan tp, John Handy alto sax, Chester Zardis b and Lionel Torregano dr. Alton played with the band 2-3 years. (Barry Martyn: Alton Purnell, Coda January 74.)

In the thirties Alton worked with Kid Howard and Albert Jiles on Decatur Street, with Big Eye Louis Nelson, Papa Celestin and others. (Per Oldaeus, FN 1976 vol 7:4.)

Alton, unknown (standing, probably a porter called Rider or Riley), Albert Walters and Lionel Torrigano. Barry Martyn collection.

1934? Kid Rena’s Band Gypsy Tea Room

Kid Rena tp,  Big Ike Robinson or Eddie Pierson tb, Harold Dejan as,William Houston or Alton Purnell or Walter Daniels or Benny Turner or a girl called May p, Clarence Tisdale bj, Tom Copeland or Percy Gabriel or Burke Stevenson b,  Joe Rena dr

(Marcel Joly: Everything’s Lovely.)

1936-37? Sidney Desvigne’s band

Sidney Desvigne and Alvin Alcorn tp, Ted Purnell, Sam Lee, Oscar Rouzon, Louis Cotrell, reeds, Eddie Pierson and Louis Nelson tb, Alton Purnell p, Buddy Charles g, Jerry Green b, Louis Barbarin dr.

Alton was also engaged by Sidney Desvigne, and stayed in his band (where he replaced William Houston) for about a year around 1936-37. They played written music, and Alton had to struggle to learn the arrangements. (Lars Edegran, FN 1972 vol 4:2, article by Alan Barrell).

One day in 1936 or 1937 a New York band played in New Orleans. They needed a piano player and Alton was suggested. This band played chords written in bar form, something that Alton had never seen before. It was a success, and Alton was offered a job in New York. However, he rejected it and stayed in New Orleans. (Barry Martyn, Coda January 1974). Mantan Moreland (?) is mentioned, but I have no idea why. Moreland was a black comedy actor.

1937- Willy Joseph Trio, The Champagne Room (later renamed Paddock Café)

Alton played with the clarinetist Willy Joseph (younger brother of Papa John Joseph and known from the recordings with Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight) and the drummer Alvin Woods (who played with Joe Robichaux in the 30’s).

The New Orleans artist Edwin Keiffer made a painting of the trio, after a photo in Al Rose & Edmond Souchon: New Orleans Jazz – A Family Album. The painting was shown on Dorothy Rogers Collection,, now removed).

1930s? Famous Door, Bourbon & Conti Street, New Orleans

He benefitted from excellent on-the-job training playing in New Orleans bands led by ”Big Eye” Louis Nelson, Avery ”Kid” Howard, Oscar ”Papa” Celestin, Isaiah Morgan, and Sidney Desvigne. Working regularly as a singer and pianist at the Famous Door on Bourbon Street, he soon had a reputation as one of the city’s most popular entertainers. (Floyd Levin: Classic Jazz, p. 210)

Alton was working at the Famous Door on Bourbon Street with Pleasant Joseph’s Swing Band, when George Lewis came to see him and told him that some men had come to town in search of a band to accompany Bunk Johnson. (Barry Martyn: Alton Purnell, Coda January 1974.)

 According to HJA interviews the members were Willie James and Joe Harris saxophones, Emanuel Sayles guitar, Papa John Joseph bass, “Foots” ? drums. No further information available.

The Famous Door is the oldest live music club on Bourbon Street which is still in business. The name refers to the front door of the bar which has been authographed by many musicians and other celebrities.

1948 Cousin Joe Quartet, Famous Door

Theodore Purnell reeds, Alton Purnell p, Alonzo Stewart dr, ”Cousin Joe” guitar, vocal

In 1948 Pleasant “Cousin Joe” Joseph left New York after engagements with a.o. Billie Holiday and Earl Bostic. He returned to the Famous Door, where he had a quartet for a couple of years. According to Alton, he taught Joe the piano playing, and Joe influenced Alton’s singing. Maybe this is an exaggeration; Cousin Joe mentions Alton only once, very briefly, in his autobiography (Cousin Joe – Blues from New Orleans, p 136) and gives him no credit for teaching him to play. They played popular songs and jazz tunes.  Alton thought of Cousin Joe as the greatest entertainer he ever knew.

When I worked with Smilin’ Joe I knew more numbers than when I was with George. They got away from me. See, with Joe we featured dixieland and every other kind of music. We had an Ink Spots part, even, with Joe. (Barry Martyn : The End of the Beginning, p. 141.)

Alton and Joe appear on the CD New Orleans Piano Blues (JCCD-3091) – but not together… (See 1965-12-27)

940s Percy & the Gabriel Family, Gypsy Tea Room

Kid Rena tp, Harold Dejan reeds, Joe Harris reeds, W.M. Houston p altering with Alton Purnell, Clarence Tisdale bjo, Percy Gabriel b, Joe Rena dr.

(FN 1976 vol 8:1.)

This Treme Jazz Hall was torn down to make room for urban renewal projects and the cultural center, later a part of Armstrong Park.

The index and bibliography were not included in the book. Here they are.

Person Index

Abramson Herb 60 Alcorn Alvin 87f, 201ff Alexis Ricard 87 Allen Bob 6, 21ff, 215, 267, 291ff,  Allen Henry ”Red” 88, Anders Peter 287, Andersen Bjarne 219, 237, Aoki Takashi 273, Arai  Kiyoshi  268, Archey Jimmy 201211, Armstrong Louis 56, 101, 184, 192, 213f, 222f,, 225, 234, Arnström Kenneth 247, Ashfort Alden 88, 91, Assunto Jac 282, 284, Assunto Marois Fran 284f, Bacin Bill 6, 12, 186, 192, 213, Bailey Sid 6, 12, 223, 232, 239, Baird Mike 238, 291f, Bakewell Bruce 269, Ball John 89f, 102ff, 166, Ball Kenny 186, 192, Balliu Rudi 191, 218, 249, 251, 257, Barbarin Louis 85, 87f, 259, Barbarin Paul 88, 141, 154, 159, Barker Danny 25, Barnes Paul “Polo” 181, 183, 261, Barrett Dan 238f, 242, Barry Aidan 223, Bastien Cliff “Kid” 269, Bates John 198f, Beaumont Jeff 215, Bechet Leonard 239ff, Beiderbecke Bix 214, Belluzzo Terenzio 234, Bennett Grahame 197, Bennett John 192, Berg Doggy 215, 225, Bernhardt Clyde 276, 281, 284, 291, Bigard Barney 181, 213, 224, 253f, 276, Bilk Acker 208, Billett Cuff 190, 244f, Bissonnette Big Bill 65, 86f, 195, 256, Bjørnø Leif 237, Blaine, Jerry 61, Blakeney Andrew 225, 238ff, 251ff, 272-276, 281, 283-286, Blount Chris 140, 149, 276, 278, Bolden “Buddy” 184, Bolen Gene 191f, Boles Brian 234, Booker Benny 284, 291, Borggreve Jaap 274, Boswell Connie 72, Bourgeau ”Fan” 21, Braud Wellman 185, Brennan Dave 251, 255f, 276, Brewer Roy 182, 186, 225, Bridges Dick 188, Broadie Dick 191, Brooks Harvey 182, Broonzy Bill 60, Brown Allan 187, Brown Bob 197, Brown James 183. Brown John 197, 199, Browne Dennis 224, 290. Buck George H. 89, 189f, 204, 205, 271, Buckner Teddy 181, 183, 239, Burbank Albert 261, Burell Duke 276, Burgon Bugs 255, Burke Raymond 261, Burns Buddy 180, 181ff, 291, Bärnheim Björn 6, 7, 25, 137f, 256, 281, Bødker Niels 219, Cagnolatti Ernie 97, Callender Red 183, 276, Candioti Ike 225, Carey Dick 213, 277, Carrere Bernhard 201, 215, Carrick Brian 209, 233, Carroll Jan 90, Carter Benny 277, Carter Viv 199, 200, Casimir Mike 6, 233, 248, Caunce Frank 282, Cavicchioli Gigi 220, 234, Celestin Oscar ”Papa” 22, 86ff, 125, 174, 182, Centobie Boojie 201, Chaligny Paul 20, Clark Bob 102, 149-153, Clark Al 92, Clerici Renzo 234, Closhey Peter 199, Colbourne John 199, Cole Bill 220, Cole Cozy 276, Coleman Ornette 215, Coles John 190, Coltrane John 214f, Colyer Bill 110, Colyer Ken 93f, 192, 245, Condon Eddie 25, Connors Gene 254, Cook Derek 244, 246, Cook Dick 248, Cox John 262, Cruyt Jacques 218f, 249, 257, Culverhouse Bob 279, Darensbourg Joe 22, 137, 163, 172, 182, 185f, 200, 214, Davenport Bob 248, Davison Wild Bill 208, Dawson Kid 270, De Donder Jempi 6, de Raaf Chris 274, de Troch Walter 218, 249, 256, de Wees Bill 185, Decou Walter 19, 23, 77, Defferary John 187, 191, 226-235, 246, 293, Dejan Harold 20, Dejan, Leo 282, Delay Mike 180-184, 200, 214, Demond Frank 180, 238f, 242, 259-262, Desvigne Sidney 19, 22, Deutsch Les 284f, DeVore Charlie 215f, 225, 260, Dexter Bruce 180, Dietrich Siegi 256, Dobell Dough 89, 205, 235, Dodds Johnny 214, Dodds Warren  ”Baby” 24-27, 35, 50, 60, 67, 72, Domanico Chuck 215, Donahoe Dave 248, Douthwaite Dick 216f, 221, 224, 255, Dyer Pete 190f, 293, Edegran Lars 22, 80, 186, 238, Edser Dick 198-200, 248, Edser, John 198-200, Edwards Mike 199, Edwards Teddy 200, 238, 291, Ehmsen Udo 256, Ellington Duke 237, Ellis Mike 276, 278, Elwood Phil 138, Emberson Norman 220, 248, 277, English Fred 185, Ertegun  Ahmed 60, Evans Bill 215, 225, 290, Evans Dave 187, Ewell Don 72, 267, Ewing John ”Streamline” 214, 282, 291, Fay Mike 238, Fechtenburg Søren 219, 237, 293, Fellers Christer 6, 174, 250, Flores Jake 200, Folke Per 237, Forazzi Fabio 234, Foster Pops 201f, 211, 213, Frame Alex 196, 198f, Frazier Cie 163, 201f, 208, 211, 261, Fujii Makoto 268, Fukuda Tsunetami 264, 274, Fullick Teddy 220, Furness Paul 198-200, Fåborg Finn 219, Fält Lennart 6, Gabler Milt 27, Gabriel Percy 8, Gagliano Nick 7, 80, 90, 102, 107, 139, 166, 175, Gallaway Robin 290, Gallen Peter 199, Garbutt Maurie 197, 199, Garland Ed 181f, 185, 191, 200f, 213, 224, 251ff, 257, 269, 271- 275, Gevaert Paul 218, 249, 257, Gillespie Dizzy 25, Going Ron 6, 13, 225, 238-242, Goldston Happy 87, Goodman Benny 214, Gotoh Masahiro 263, 266, 268, 273, Grauer Bill 139-142, Gray Peter 199, Greenow Bill 190, Guesnon George 167, Hall Minor 181, Hall Reg 6, 188, 248, Hall Russ 215f, 225, Hamilton Charlie 23, 74, 269, Hansen Ricardo 244f, Havens Bob 187, 213, Hawkins Annie 293, Hayabusa Nagataka 268, Hayes Mileham 262, Heap Don 262f, Helman John 198f, Hermans Flip 228, Heuvinck Bert 228, Heuvinck Jan 228, Hiuga Yoshiki 268, 273, Hodgkinson Bas 276f, Holden Geoff 198-200, 262f, Houlind Søren 226, 293, Houston William 22, Howard Avery ”Kid” 22, 74f, 84, 98, 102-107, 115, 140, 152, 163, 170, 172, 201, 225, Howard Bill 197, Howard Darnell 201, 204f, Humphrey Percy 85, 87f, 102, Hund Gerhard ”Doggy” 87ff, 289, Hunter Alex 284, Håkansson Håkan 6, 74, 188, 212, 229, 294, Ikeda Kazuo 268, Invernizzi Luciano 6, 220, 234, Ishida Nobuo 264, 274, Jackson Preston 249, Jamieson Roger 225. Janes Roger 197, 199, 262f, Jaynes William E. 149, Jefferson Thomas  125, 173, 175, 261, Jeffrey Al 223, Jennings Sue 199, Jensen Arne “Papa Bue” 293, John Fredrik 226-233, 236, 247, 279, Johnson ”Plutsom” 20, Johnson Keg 181, Johnson Plas 182, 185, Johnson ”Bunk” 6, 22-72, 75, 77, 80, 87, 93f, 114, 122, 141, 163, 185, 186, 188f, 195, 216, 222, 237, 241, 246, 272, 285, Joly Marcel 6, 20, 87, 176, 180, 208, Jones David 141f, Jones Davy 192, Jones Red 35, 67, Joseph Pleasant ”Cousin Joe” 22, Joseph Willy 8, Juul Bjarne ”Stub” 219, 237, Kaneko Masato 268, Kaneko Shoichi 272, Kato Shinichi 268, 273, Kawai Daisuke 268, Kawai Junichi 264, 274, Kawai Ryoichi 264f, 274, Keating Ashley 263, Keating Petra 263, Keepnews Orrin 116f, 139ff, Kellaway Roger 215, Kelly Chuck 284, Keppard Freddie 24, Kershaw Alvin 32f, 95, 101-103, 139, 149, 166, Kida Minao 268, 273, Kieft Hemmo 274, Kimball Jeanette 97, Kimura Yoichi 264, 274, King B.B. 214, King Jack 269, Kjellin Peter 236, Knight Terry 190, 255, Knudsen Karl Emil 81, 137, 149, 151, 161, 163, Kobayashi Jun 263f, 273, Kohlman Freddie 94f, Kolkman Ton 274, Kooperstein  Harry 284, Kubrick Stanley 85, 102, Kuwamoto Eitaro 268, Larsen Søren 293, Lee Sam 181, 239, 276, 278-286, Legendre Freddie 256, Levin Art 242, Levin Floyd 6, 21, 137f, 181, 209, 224f, 242f, 253f, 257f, 295, Lewis George passim, Lewis Ray 235, Lewis Steve 19, 22, Levitt Jim 200, Leybart Miel 228, Lindgreen Ole ”Fessor” 219, 224, 244, Lindhardt Preben 219, Loesch Raimer 279, 280, Lucas Johnny 164, 166, Lundberg Peter 208, Luttenberger Franz 256, Lyon Alfred 170, Machacek Ernst 256, Mackay Peter 199, Maier Rolf 287, Manone Wingy 213, Mares Joe 88, 128, Marks Jon 6, 23, 228, 233, 280, 286, Marois George 284, Marois Mike 284, Marrero Lawrence 24, 26, 35, 72, 75, 80, 88-91, 94, 98, 102-107, 115, 120, 140, 152f, 163, 166, 172f, 180, Martyn Barry 6, 7, 20ff, 26, 72, 75, 80, 89f, 99, 103f, 128, 139f, 166, 173, 187ff, 216, 218, 221-291, Matassa Cosimo 82, Matthews Bill 87f, 125, Mayl Gene 89f, McKewin  Bob 185, Miles Lizzie 133-136, 174, Miller Bernie 200, Miller Pete 115, Miller Richard 197, Milne Kenny 290, Minter Keith 237, 244, Mittelman Allan 199, Mole Miff 25, Moore Keith 223f, 281, Moore Monette 121, 185, Morris Adolphus 200, 271, 275f, 281f, 286, 291, Morton ”Jelly Roll” 22, 182, 184, 201, 215, Mulholland Barry 263. Murphy Turk 83, 174, Muto Tomoe 273, Müller Peter 279, 293, Nakajima Yoshizo 263, 266, 268, 273, Nakamura Mashiko 268, 273, Natheson Jim 192, Nayaga Masatsugo 268, Nelson ”Big Eye” Louis 22, Nelson Louis 201, 241- 256, 271, 275, 278-86, Neubauer Peter 197, Nicholas Albert 27, 230, 234, Nishizuka Hidenori 268, Novak Frank 287, Nykjær Elith ”Nulle” 219, O’Brian Pat 255, 270, Ohta Hiroshi 273, Olberg Fatty 287, Oliver Joe “King” 24, 183f, 201, 207, 238, Olivier Ad 274, Olsen Ole 226, 293, Orendorff George 181, Ortman Ron 291, Ory Edward ”Kid” 28, 32, 83, 104, 174, 185f, 238f, O’Sullivan Tony 248, Otto Herbert 73, Ovesen Ole 226, Ozawa Takumi 268, Palmer Earl 182, Paquette Dave 23, 292f, Parenti Tony 167, 173, Park Dave 224, 281, Parker Charlie 25, Parker Steve 20, Pass Joe 214, Pateri Eugenio 220, Pavageau Alcide ”Slow Drag” 24, 26, 35, 60, 72, 80, 88ff, 98, 102, 105ff, 115, 140, 153, 163f, 170-175, 180, Pawson Dan 6, 91, 100, 120, 173, 184, 188, 218-221, 233, 292, Pawson Dominic 218, Pawson Patricia 218, Paxton Dave 290, Pedersen Orla 219, Pedersen Peder 227, Peppi Hal 200f, Permillon Herbert 291, Petersen Torben ”Plys” 219, Peyer Gerhard 256, Pichon Walter 19, 24, 246, Pickering John 27, Picou Alphonse 87, Piron Armand 222, Polad Mike 215, 225, Polites Nick 297ff, Pollack Ben 181, 213, Price Sammy 231, Pugh Jimmy 200, Purnell Theodore 19, 25, 256, Quéraud Michel ”Boss” 256, Rae Dave 270, Rae Don 262, Rae Mac  270, Raeburn Bruce Boyd 170, Raymond Clem 173f, Redd Alton 182, 191, 200, Reid John 262, Rena Kid 8, Rice Dick 239, 242, Richards Trevor 246f, 276, 283, Rimington Sammy 244, 245, 251, 277, Robertus Adolf 274, Robichaux Joe 158, 180, 184, Robinson Jim 24, 26, 35, 72, 75, 80, 88, 98, 102, 105, 107, 140, 152, 164, 170, 172f, 224, 238, 245, 261, Robinson Ronnie 270, Roelandt Jean-Pierre 218, 249, 257, Rushing Jimmy 22, 185, 196, Russell Bill 23f, 27, 148, Russell  Pee Wee 214, Sailes Jesse 291, Salmond Bill 277, 290, Santiago Burnell 19-21, 215, Santiago Lester 19f, 88, 116, 215, Santiago Willie 19, Saunders Vince 238f, Savory Pete 269, Sayles Emanuel 259, Schoenefeld Albert 274, Scobey Bob 174, Scott Tom 215, Sealey Paul 187, Sedgley Clinton 188, 220, Senamaud Michel 256, Sherbourne Mike 187, Shiga Keitaro 264, 274, Shinichi Eiji 268, Shinichi Kato 268, 273, Slater Harry 276f, Sluce Ken 199, Sluis Piet 223, Smith George ”Harmonica” 215, Smith Keith 186-191, 201-212, Souchon Edmond 75, 80, 115, Spanier Muggsy 25, 135, 141, Spedding Paul 188, 220, 263, Spinetti Renzo 247, St Cyr Johnny 125, 181f, 185, 191, Stacy Jess 214, Stagg Tom 73, 133, 135, 137, 209, 235, 240-243, 248, 255, 265, Starr Wesley 73, 226, 233, Steele Jones Derek T. 188, Stephens Stan 188, 220, Stolle Ole 293, Stumpp Bill 192, Ståhlberg Sven 236, Stächelin Gerd 256, Sudoh Makuto 273, Sudoh Shioh 268, Sundbom Lars ”Sumpen” 227, 236, 247, Sølund Jens 293, Sørensen Søren 219, 226, Tabe Masayoshi 268, Tachibana Katsuhiko 268, Tada Akio 263, 266, 268, Tait Dorothy 93, 149, 156, 166, 169, 174, Takase Tsuneo 268, Talbert Elmer 72ff, 80, 85, 87, 102, 246, Tarquin Gerard 256, Tarrant Rabon 182, Terada Fumio 268, 273, Terharen Walter 256, Teschemaker Frank 214, Tharpe Sister Rosetta 102, Thiele Bob 214f, Thomas Joe ”Cornbread” 271f, 275, Thompson Butch 80,87, 138, 215, 225, 290, Thompson Derek 284, Toyama Keiko 226-235, 263, 266ff, 273, Toyama Yoshio 226-235, 263, 266ff, 273, Turazzi Tabio 220, Turnham Floyd 291, Turnock Brian 187, 216f, 221, 224, 230f, 255, Turville Frank 197, Underwyser Rudi 180, Wahl Rolf 236f, Valentine Kid Thomas 201, 215, 245, 259ff, 290, Walshe Colie 223, Walters Albert 92, van den Durpel Paul 228, van Gelder Rudy 167, van Hoeteghem Luk 249, 257, van Peteghem Alajos 228, Vand Hansen Erik 226, 244, Vandriessche Romain 218, 249, 257, Warwick Larry 200, Wasén Anders 227f, Washington Gene 185, Washington Sister Ernestine 34f, 60-66, Watanabe Takeshi 268, Watkins Joe 72, 74ff, 89, 98, 102, 105, 107, 137, 140, 149, 152ff, 164, 167, 170, 172-180, Watt Willie 197ff, Wedburg Lee 180, Welsh Alex 212, Weston Barry 256, White Mike 269, Vickers Dave 276f, Vickers Pete 6, 224, 281, Williams Des 223, Williams Gene 24ff, 77, Williams Spencer 27, Wilson Burt 200f, Wilson Clive 216f, 221, 224, Winfield Paul 220, Wood George 223, Wood Terry 248, Woodson Deborah 291, Wright Gus 291, Wrisberg Johannes 226, Yancey Jimmy 120, 195, Yoshikazu Yokomizo 263, 266, 268, Yokota Akio 268, Yoshida Hirokuni 268, Young Joe 270, Zancan Bepi 234, Zappa Frank 214, Zardis Chester 261, Åsberg Hans 208


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Uttömmande bio-diskografi
om en tradjazzens förgrundsfigur
Alton Purnell Discography 1945-1986

Ingemar Wågerman 304 sidor 210×276 mm, rikt illustrerad

Pianisten Alton Purnell från New Orleans har stilmässigt varit en av de populäraste förebilderna för merparten av tradjazzpianisterna runt om i världen. Ingemar Wågerman i Göteborg, själv pianist och med Purnell som en av sina stora inspirationskällor, har sammanställt en biografi och diskografi över Purnells många inspelningar, utgivna såväl som outgivna.

Boken skiljer sig från gängse diskografier, som oftast är en torr uppräkning av fakta kring skivinspelningar och olika utgåvor med få illustrationer, genom att också ge en inblick i Purnells aktiviteter mellan de olika inspelningstillfällena. Här får vi också en inblick i hans omfattande turnéer med olika orkestrar eller som soloartist i USA och övriga världen. Sverige besökte han vid flera av dessa turnéer.

Boken inleds med en kronologisk elvasidig ”dag-för-dag-lista” där vi kan följa Alton Purnells liv från födelsen 1911 i huset på 726 St. Peter Street, som i dag inrymmer berömda Preservation Hall,  i hjärtat av de franska kvarteren i New Orleans fram till hans död i Los Angeles 1987. Sedan följer en biografi-diskografi från hans första inspelningar 1945 med Bunk Johnson till de sista gjorda i Köpenhamn i augusti 1986 med Papa Bues och Sören Houlinds band, ett knappt halvår före hans bortgång.

Varje skivsession är, förutom de diskografiska uppgifterna, rikt illustrerad med skivomslag och etiketter för de olika utgåvorna av 78:or, EP-, LP- och CD-skivor samt musikkassetter. Dessutom finns foton tagna i samband med flera av inspelningarna. Det är sammanlagt ett tusental illustrationer, de flesta är återgivna i färg. Till de flesta sessionerna finns också citat från och hänvisningar till publicerade recensioner.

Wågerman har också tagit med bakgrundsfakta till en del av skivsessionerna hämtade från korrespondens med musiker och inspelningsledare. Boken avslutas med en tiosidig förteckning över de melodier som Purnell spelade in med referenser till inspelningsdatum.

Bakom det gedigna arbetet med sammanställningen av boken ligger en omfattande forskning om Alton Purnell, som Wågerman inledde redan som tonåring när han hörde den första skivan med Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band med Alton Purnell vid pianot. Här redovisar han den kunskap han samlat på sig under de sex decennierna som gått sedan den första bekantskapen.

Wågerman kommer i framtiden att publicera uppdateringar och kompletteringar på sin hemsida Den hemsidan är väl värd ett besök då den innehåller mycket mer om New Orleans och dess jazztradition.

Boken kan på det varmaste rekommenderas för djupare studier av en av tradjazzens förgrundsfigurer. För diskografer kan boken ses som en fin inspirationskälla när det gäller grafisk utformning av en diskografi.
Björn Bärnheim 

Automatic Google Translation: 

Exhaustive Bio-Discography
about a Traditioal Jazz foreground figure
Alton Purnell Discography 1945-1986
Ingemar Wågerman 304 pages 210×276 mm, richly illustrated

The pianist Alton Purnell of New Orleans has been one of the most popular role models for most of the traditional jazz pianists around the world. Ingemar Wågerman in Gothenburg, himself a pianist and with Purnell as one of his great inspiration sources, has compiled a biography and discography of Purnell’s many recordings, published as well as unpublished.

The book differs from common discographies, which are usually a dry record of facts about recordings and various releases with few illustrations, by also providing insight into Purnell’s activities between the various recording opportunities. Here we also get an insight into his extensive tours with different orchestras or as soloist in the United States and the rest of the world. He visited Sweden several times.

The book begins with a chronologically eleven page ”day-by-day list” where we can follow Alton Purnell’s life from the birth in 1911 in the house at 726 St. Peter Street, which today houses the famous Preservation Hall in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans until his death in Los Angeles in 1987. Then follows a biography discography from his first 1945 recordings with Bunk Johnson to the last ones made in Copenhagen in August 1986 with Papa Bues and Sören Houlind’s bands, some months before his death.

Each disc session is richly illustrated with disc covers and labels for the various releases of 78’s, EP, LP and CDs as well as music cassettes. In addition, photos are taken in conjunction with several of the recordings. There is a total of a thousand illustrations, most of which in color. For most sessions there are also quotes from and references to published reviews.

Wågerman has also included background facts for a part of the record sessions gathered from correspondence with musicians and recording directors. The book ends with a ten-page list of the melodies recorded by Purnell with references to the recording date.

Behind the sound work of compilation of the book is a comprehensive research on Alton Purnell, which Wågerman already started as a teenager when he heard the first album with Bunk Johnson and his New Orleans Band with Alton Purnell at the piano. Here he presents the knowledge he collected during the six decades since the first acquaintance.

Wågerman will in the future publish updates and additions on his website The website is well worth a visit as it contains much more about New Orleans and its jazz tradition.

The book is highly recommended for deeper studies of one of the traditions’ foreground figures. For discographers, the book can be regarded as a great source of inspiration when it comes to graphic design of a discography.
Björn Bärnheim

Lars Tidholm review, Bunk Johnson Information 2017:

Tidholm review BJ Info

Paige van Vorst Review:

Paige van Vorst beskuren


Pointon Rewiev Alton Purnell Book





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  1. Lennart Fält · · Svara

    Hej Ingemar
    I lågt tempo håller jag på att gå igenom tidiga volymer av Footnote, där jag för söker hålla koll på intressant material med bl a Sammy, Lewis förståss och även Alton. Jag befinner mig nu i Volume 1 no 3 och där finns en notis om Barry Martyns band med Alton som gästar BBC Jazz Club. Jag noterar att det saknas exakt datum i din förträffliga Purnellbok för detta, men här kommer detaljer: ”Recorded on February 4th and scheduled for broadcasting on the 14th , Radio I, 6.45.p.m.” Man kan också läsa att ”it is a first time on the air for the Martyn Band.” Lennart hälsar


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