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SOLD! <br> DON FRYE!<BR>Very Rare Autograph from King Oliver's 1920s NYC Pianist <br>on rare 10" LP.<BR>Also, WILBUR DePARIS autograph!<BR>SIGNED AT RYAN'S IN NEW YORK IN 1955!

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Sometimes authenticating this stuff can be a real bitch! Let me tell you a little story about how this one just didn't make sense until my friend Scott Yanow of the All Music Guide to Jazz stepped in to save the day with his encyclopedi knowldege (sometimes I think he gets this stuff by traveling back into time to see for himself).

When I was originally approached with this piece and was told that it was signed by Wilbur DeParis and someone mysterious named "D.M. Frye", I thought could it be DON Frye of King Oliver's NYC group? I couldn't unearth another "Frye" whose initials fit, but still it didn't ring true to me - after all, what would Frye be doing signing a Wilbur DeParis 10" in 1955? Was Frye still active then? And as far as my research showed, Frye and DeParis never recorded a single session together. Just as I was going to set this one aside as a perpetual mystery, I decided to try Scott who seems to know EVERYTHING about traditional jazz players. Turns out he does. He cleared up my delimna with the following email note:

"Don Frye was the intermission pianist at Ryan's during the 1950's during the same era that Wilbur DeParis' band played there. It's the same Don Frye as the one from the 1920's. I don't think he ever really played with DeParis, but he was at the same location. He died Feb. 9, 1981 and was still working into at least the early 60's. Among his other jobs along the way were playing with Lloyd and Cecil Scott in the 1920's, as a member (briefly) of the John Kirby Sextet in 1937, with Lucky Millinder's band during 1938-39, at the Village Vanguard in the early 40's and then Jimmy Ryan's from 1944-62. He recorded with King Oliver, Clarence Williams (1934), Red Allen, Frankie Newton (1939), Edmond Hall (1944), for a few solos of his own (1945), and with Cecil Scott (1959) among others.

I don't think Don Frye autographs are too common!

Hope that helps! Take care and keep in touch."

Way more info than I'd asked for, but defintiely putting the two men in the same room in 1955. Scott, you're a genius!!!

Here also is Scott's short bio of Wilbur DeParis from AMG's great website (check it out at

Wilbur DeParis, an adequate soloist, was an excellent ensemble player and an important bandleader who helped keep New Orleans jazz alive in the 1950s. He started out on alto horn and in 1922 played C-melody sax while working with A.J. Piron before switching permanently to trombone. In 1925 DeParis led a band in Philadelphia and then had stints in the orchestras of Leroy Smith (1928), Dave Nelson, Noble Sissle, Edgar Hayes, Teddy Hill (1936-37), the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and Louis Armstrong (1937-40). Not as well-known as his brother, the talented trumpet soloist Sidney DeParis, Wilbur was with Roy Eldridge's big band and Duke Ellington (1945-47) and recorded with Sidney Bechet during 1949-50. However it was in 1951 when he put together a band to play at Ryan's that included his brother and clarinetist Omer Simeon that he found his niche. Wilbur DeParis' New New Orleans Jazz Band did not just play Dixieland standards but marches, pop tunes and hymns, all turned into swinging and spirited jazz. Throughout the 1950s the group recorded consistently exciting sets for Atlantic (all of which are unfortunately long out-of-print) and they were the resident band at Ryan's during 1951-62, touring Africa in 1957. DeParis continued leading bands up until his death but his last recordings were in 1961. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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