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Next to the Arthur Godfrey appearances, the biggest boost to the Salt City Five career was the Jubilee Record album (now a collector’s item, it fetches a high price on eBay or The album would not have been possible had not J. Russell Robinson, who replaced pianist Henry Ragas with the Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) in1918, paid for the demo record. According to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, the ODJB was “of immense historical importance. For, in all probability, it was responsible for the first recordings to be made by what can truly be said to be a ‘jazz’ band.”
Robinson was the band’s pianist when it played the London Palladium in 1919 and privately for the British Royal Family. While in London, they
recorded for Columbia and for Victor when they returned to the U.S.
I first met Robinson when he came to Childs Paramount in TImes Square in 1953 to hear his former ODJB partner and drummer, Tony Spargo  and his band play opposite the SC-5 in a Sunday session. Tony would sometimes play the kazoo with one hand while keeping the drum beat with the other. 
Robinson loved the Five and invited Will Alger and me over to his
Manhattan Apartment to discuss producing a demo that we could submit to a recording company. Robinson was also a prolific song writer with songs like “Margie”, “Sing’n The Blues”, and the theme song of the film “Portrait of Jennie’ - not to mention “Reefer Man” for Cab Calloway in 1932 ! We agreed that, in return for his paying for the demo session, we would include three of his songs: “Dynamite Rag”, “Eccentric” and “Minstrel Man”. Our choice was “Lassus’ Trombone”. The demo was made on February 23,1954 with Will Alger, trombone; Jack Maheu, clarinet; Don Hunt, trumpet; Bob Cousins, drums; Billy Rubenstein, piano; and Frank Frawley, bass. 
The demo resulted in the Jubilee album. Hunt and Rubenstein had left the band by then and were replaced for the album by Dick Oakley and Dave Remington respectively. Don Hunt had left the band to go home to be with his wife, Margie, who was pregnant. He remembers getting the news and having to make a decision.  “We were in our hotel room dressed and ready to head  to the gig.  While one or two of the guys were getting their duds on, I was reading a paperback western --- and reread the same page about three times, unable to concentrate on what it said.  As I recall, I put the book down, got up from the chair and told the guys I was giving 'em two  weeks notice and to find another trumpet player. 
‘Eventually, it worked out perfectly, because Oakley (playing with Rochester's Dixieland Ramblers band) wanted to go on the road and play full-time.  So we just swapped bands.  Roughly 40 years later, Marge and I bought a small condo apartment in Florida and who should be living about 15 miles from us ?  Dick Oakley! We played together in jazz groups for about 20 MORE years--him on trumpet and valve trombone  and me on tuba.  As you know, my chops ultimately went to hell, so now I make music with the Roland synthesizer-and love it!”   
         Down Beat Magazine gave the  album four stars calling it, “Another pleasant surprise from Jubilee - a young Dixie outfit whose members don’t sound as if they picked up their horns for the first time this morning.”
Enjoy the album at the “Music” section.