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Smoking Time Jazz Club: “Snake Hip Dance”


Jun 30, 2021

Wilton Crawley inspired us with his Snake Hip Dance. How many musicians in the history of Jazz were also contortionists? Wilton Crawley is the only one that I’ve ever heard of. Crawley was an African-American vaudevillian, songwriter and clarinetist who was quite popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His style of playing was quite comical and a little heavy on the novelty effects, but somehow it all works thanks to Crawley’s songwriting skills, pleasant voice and the exceptional musicians that played on his records.

Sarah Peterson vocals James Evans clarinet & saxaphone Russell Ramirez trombone Jack Pritchett trumpet John Joyce upright bass Brett Gardner guitar, banjo Mike Voelker drums

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