Sam Wooding (17 June 1895–1 August 1985) was an expatriate American jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader living and performing inEurope and the United States. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he led several big bands in the United States and abroad. His orchestra was at Harlem's Smalls' Paradise in 1925 when a Russian impresario booked it as the pit band for a show, The Chocolate Kiddies, scheduled to open in Berlin later that year. While in Berlin, the band, which featuring such musicians as Doc Cheatham, Willie Lewis, Tommy Ladnier, Gene Sedric, and Herb Flemming, recorded several selections for the Vox label. In 1929, with slightly different personnel, Wooding's orchestra made more recordings in Barcelona and Paris for the Parlophone and Pathé labels. Wooding remained in Europe, performing on the Continent, in Russia and England through most of the 1930s. Wooding's long stays overseas made him virtually unknown at home, but Europeans were among the staunchest jazz fans anywhere, and they loved what the band had to offer. “We found it hard to believe, but the Europeans treated us with as much respect as they did their own symphonic orchestras,” he recalled in a 1978 interview. “They loved our music, but they didn’t quite understand it, so I made it a load easier for them by incorporating such melodies as Du holder Abendstern from Tannhauser - syncopated, of course. They called it blasphemy, but they couldn’t get enough of it. That would never have happened back here in the States. Here they looked on jazz as something that belonged in the gin mills and sporting houses, and if someone had suggested booking a blues singer like Bessie Smith, or even a white girl like Nora Baes, on the same bill as Ernestine Schumann-Heink, it would have been regarded as a joke in the poorest of taste.”
Returning home in the late 1930s, when WWII seemed a certainty, Wooding began formal studies of music, attained a degree, and began teaching full-time, counting among his students trumpeter Clifford Brown. He also led and toured with the Southland Spiritual Choir. 
In the early 1970s, Sam Wooding formed another big band and took it to Switzerland for a successful concert, but this venture was short-lived.
From the TV show "Jazz fuer junge Leute" (jazz for young people).
Barrelhouse Jazzband feat. Sam Wooding
Edith Wilson was one of the stars of early African-American musical theatre. She was probably born around 1906. Sho rose to prominence already in 1921 when she replaced Mamie Smith in the musical revue “Put and Take”. She appeared in the show “From Dover Street to Dixie” which played in London England. Wilson travelled the world from 1926 with Sam Wooding visiting England, Germany, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and even Turkey, Romania, Russia and Argentina. In the thirties she appeared with Cab Calloway, Jimmy Lunceford, Noble Sissle and others. She was active in theatre work throughout WWII. She retired in 1963, but came back to record with Eubie Blake in 1972. She sings a tune she recorded first with cornetist Johnny Dunn in 1922. In this clip she is backed up by The High Society Jazz Band which was formed in 1947, and is one of France’s oldest still active jazz bands under the leadership of clarinetist Pierre Atlan. I also recognize trumpeter Pierre Merlin and probably trombonist Daniel Barda who now in 2009 is leading te band. The band has managed to achieve one of the most authentic “old” sounds since the revival began in 1939.
This is a very interesting combination
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