After Luis Russell left Doc Cook’s Orchestra, he became the pianist in King Oliver’s band.
By the mid-20s the jazz scene shifted to New York.
He relocated to New York with King Oliver in May 1927.
At that time Luis Russell appears in my favorite biography “Hendsersonia”.
I quoted from “Hendsersonia”, page180 and page181.
On Sunday,May 15, there was a memorable “BATTLE OF JAZZ” at the Savoy Ballroom which wa widely advertised.
King Oliver had brought his band from Chicago to New York.
KING OLIVER7S DIXIE SYNCOPATORS(12 men)
Joe Oliver(tp),[…]Luis Russsel(p)
FESS WILLIAM’S ROYAL FLUSH ORCHESTRA(10 men)
CHICK WEBB AND HARLEM STOMPERS(8 men)
FLETCHER HENDERSON’S ROSELAND ORCHESTRA(12 men)
For all the cheers, however, this was Oliver’s first and last decent engagement in New York; from here on, the road was all downhill for the proud King.
In October of that year he left Oliver to start his own band.
He was a perpetually good-natured man and a snappy dresser who stood just a little over five feet tall.
So Luis Russell went on to become one of the most popular bandleaders in late 1920s’ New York.
Luis Russell はKing Oliverと共にニューヨークに移動しました。
1927年5月、彼らはSavoy Ballroom でのジャズ合戦に参加しました。
10月、Luis RussellはKing Oliverから別れ、自己のバンドを結成しました。
Here is King Oliver’s Dixie Syncopators play “Deep Henderson”(1926).
King Oliver(crt), Kid Ory(tb), Barney Bigard(reed), Luis Russell(p); 4/21/1926
Here is Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra play “Stockholm Stomp” (1927).
Here is Fess Williams’ Royal Flush Orchestra play “OZARK BLUES” (1927).
Here is CHICK WEBB ORCHESTRA play “Go Harlem”.