The Kingfish Files

May 20

Written by: host
5/20/2011 7:13 AM  RssIcon

In 1924, cornetist Bix Beiderbecke recorded "Riverboat Shuffle" with the Wolverine Orchestra.  The recording is a jazz classic that not only showcases Bix's trumpet style, but also illustrates the rapid advancement of jazz arrangement since the first jazz recordings only a few years prior.  Pay particular attention to the guitar work of Bob Gillette.  Bob was an unsung pioneer of jazz guitar who could have rivaled Eddie Lang.

Interesting sidelight, the song was a Hoagy Carmichael tune called “Freewheeling”. The band liked the tune but not the name. Bix said it reminded him of a Riverboat. Bob Gillette said that the rhythm had a shuffle to it. They renamed it the “Riverboat Shuffle". 

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