Bob Mielke: A Life of Jazz

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Trafford, 2008 - Jazz - 242 pages

When the owner of the jazz club Earthquake McGoon's, the famous Turk Murphy made plans for a road trip, he wanted a replacement that he could count on for a consistently good performance. After all, Murphy's income was derived from the McGoon's Club. A poor performer does little to help the bottom line. Musicians know who is a consistently good performer and they do not want any "lightweights" to sit in because that means the rest of the band has to work harder.

That's why the replacement band often included Bob Mielke, a superb trombone player and far from being a "lightweight". He earned his reputation by working or sitting in with the following musicians and this is only a sample.
Burt Bales
George Lewis
Sidney Bechet
Wingy Manone
Mutt Carey
Turk Murphy
"Baby" Dodds
Albert Nicholas
"Pops" Foster
Pat Patton
Edmond Hall
Willie "The Lion" Smith
Bob Helm
Bob Scobey
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Muggsy Spanier
Darnell Howard
Joe Sullivan
Bunk Johnson
Lu Watters
James P. Johnson
Bob Wilber

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