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Stein’s Dixie Jass Band, Schiller Cafe, Chicago, c. March 1916

Stein's Jass Band


This is the first known photograph of the band destined within months to become the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. They had arrived in Chicago in early March 1916 to play an initial ten-week engagement at the Schiller Cafe, but all the band members bar drummer Johnny Stein quit over a lack of a pay rise and moved to the Del’Abe Cafe in the Hotel Normandy, becoming The Original Dixieland Jass Band in the process. L-R: Alcide Nunez, Eddie Edwartds, Henry Ragas, Nick LaRocca, Johnny Stein. This photo was given by Nick LaRocca to discographer Brian Rust, whose cat subsequently tried to shred it!