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Walter Barnes and his Royal Creolians

Walter Barnes Royal Creolians

Walter Barnes and His Royal Creolians, c. 1929. It appears to date to slightly later than the 1928/9 Brunswick recordings but presumably includes most if not all of the men who appear on the records (though none of them have three trumpets!). Indefatigable researcher Chris Hillman suggests William "Bullet" Bradley as the trombonist rather than Ed Burke and that Cicero Thomas is the right-hand of the three trumpeters, which would put it before the band split in Autumn 1929. The other trumpeters are most likely Ben Thigpen & George Wright. However Albert McCarthy in his book 'Big Band Jazz' (where a poor copy of the above photo is reproduced) says that Thigpen did not join the band until Autumn 1929, replacing Thomas! Any help in identifying the musicians would be most welcome!