King Oliver’s “Buddy’s Habit” Played by The Frog Island Jazz Band at Olney Jazz Club


Jim Hurd, John Whitehead, John Jeans and Rob Fullalove.

 Formed way back in 1962, The Frog Island Jazz Band have built an international reputation for their authenticity and integrity in reviving the spirit of 1920s and 1930s jazz. Their feeling and enthusiasm in performing King Oliver classics is a case in point. I’ve even heard it said that they can sound truer to the real thing than the King himself.

Nick Singer

Nick Singer

Chris Marchant

Chris Marchant

We’ve all heard of King Oliver’s “Dippermouth Blues”, “Canal Street Blues” and “Chimes Blues” but how about “Buddy’s Habits”?

Here is my YouTube of The Frog Islanders performing this lesser known King Oliver number at Olney Jazz Club on 2nd April, 2014.

(Photos & YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

And to prove the point, below is King Oliver’s recording of “Buddy’s Habits” way back when!
(YouTube courtesy of Jonathan Holmes)

I have my own special attachment to The Frog Island Band. Not only have I followed them closely over the last few years at Jazz Clubs and at The Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival, where they will be playing again this July, I have also painted portraits of Jim Hurd and John Whitehead playing at The Peartree Jazz Club and of Chris Marchant live on drums at The Music Factory in New Orleans.

They can be viewed under JAZZ ART:

Jazz Painting: Jim Hurd and John Whitehead, Frog Islanders!

Jazz Portrait of Frog Island’s Chris Marchant on Drums in New Orleans

Portrait commissions and sales of fine art prints of my portraits help cover the considerable costs involved in running Jazz&Jazz.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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