The Missourians were an American jazz band active in the 1920s, who performed at the Cotton Club in New York City and eventually became the backing band for Cab Calloway.
The Missourians were formed by Wilson Robinson in the early 1920s under the name Wilson Robinson's Syncopators, or Wilson Robinson's Bostonians. Andrew Preer took leadership of the group in 1925, which performed at the Cotton Club until 1927 under the name Andrew Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra. In 1927 the group became the accompanying band for Ethel Waters on tour, and changed its name to The Missourians, since Duke Ellington's band had become known as the Cotton Club Orchestra. After returning to New York the band took up residency at the Savoy Ballroom from 1928 to 1929; reedist George Scott was its leader during this period. In 1929, Cab Calloway led the group intermittently, and assumed leadership of the band in 1930; soon after he began recording as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. Prior to Calloway's arrival, the group recorded for Gennett Records and Victor Records. The group's membership in the 1920s included Lammar Wright Sr., R.Q. Dickerson, Dewey Jackson, William Thornton Blue, David Jones, Earres Prince, and Andrew Brown.
Birth and Death Data: Died Ceased 1930
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
Notes: According to the Red Hot Jazz website, the Cotton Club Orchestra led by Andy Preer was the name used by the Missourians jazz/dance band when playing at the Cotton Club.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-53802||10-in.||6/3/1929||Market street stomp||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53803||10-in.||6/3/1929||Ozark mountain blues||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53804||10-in.||6/3/1929||You'll cry for me, but I'll be gone||Missourians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53805||10-in.||6/3/1929||Missouri moan||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53971||10-in.||8/1/1929||I've got someone||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53972||10-in.||8/1/1929||'400' hop||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53973||10-in.||8/1/1929||Vine Street drag||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-53974||10-in.||8/1/1929||Scotty blues||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-59173||10-in.||2/17/1930||Two hundred squabble||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-59174||10-in.||2/17/1930||Swingin' dem cats||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-59175||10-in.||2/17/1930||Stoppin' the traffic||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Victor||BVE-59176||10-in.||2/17/1930||Prohibition blues||Missourians||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||140224||10-in.||1/6/1925||Down and out blues||Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||140225||10-in.||1/6/1925||Snag 'em blues||Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||W140475||10-in.||3/31/1925||Original two time man||Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||W140478||10-in.||3/31/1925||Lonely and blue||Cotton Club Orchestra (Andy Preer)||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||W140556||10-in.||4/27/1925||Riverboat shuffle||Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||W141255||10-in.||11/10/1925||Everybody stomp!||Cotton Club Orchestra (Andy Preer)||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
|Columbia||W141256||10-in.||11/10/1925||Charleston ball||Cotton Club Orchestra (Andy Preer)||Jazz/dance band||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Missourians," accessed December 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116451.
Missourians. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116451.
"Missourians." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 December 2023.
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