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GEORGE BRUNIES - TROMBONIST

Autographed 8” x 10” matte double-weight photograph to jazz photographer, Al White, 1974.  The image is an original Al White photograph of another photograph and bears the “name change” spelling of his last name. (See explanation below)

George Bruines (1902-1974) was virtually inarguably the greatest trombone technician in the jazz world. From a musical family in New Orleans, the man could not read music and was a musical natural and entirely self-taught.   While his musical brothers all went on to be jazz musicians, Brunies was the best of them all.  He played in New Orleans Dixieland bands through his teenage years, moving to Chicago in 1920.  He was soon hired to play on the riverboat the SS Capitol.  In 1921 he joined the Friar’s Society Orchestra which renamed itself The New Orleans Rhythm Kings.  He made his first records with the group from 1922-23.  His next gig was with the Wolverines, playing in gangster Eddie Tancil’s club in Cicero outside of Chicago.  Tancil was killed by a rival gang in 1923, so he moved onto Ted Lewis’s Orchestra with his old New Orleans Rhythym Kings band mates and worked with them from 1924-1935 changing the sound of the orchestra from a crooner band to Dixieland.  They made a large amount of records for Columbia whilst Brunies was there. (There are early Ted Lewis records featuring Brunies with Benny Goodman and Fats Waller.) Brunies left Lewis and was hired by Louis Prima for his New Orleans Gang and their regular stand at Nick’s in New York City, recording with the group on the Brunswick label.  Prima reduced the size of his band in 1938 and Brunies liked Nick’s and so when his buddy Mugsy Spanier from his Ted Lewis days put together a crew for the club, he hired on with him.  He stayed with Spanier playing and recording Dixieland until 1946.  Brunies then decided to work with his guitarist-band leader friend from Nick’s Eddie Condon at his new jazz club in the Village.  In 1949, Brunies left New York City and moved back to Chicago to form his own band.  His band played throughout the Chicago area, but typically at the 1111 Club.  An astrologist one night convinced Brunies he would be luckier numerogically if he dropped the “e” in his name and become Brunis, so he changed his last name.  Brunies was a showboat at this time of his life and would have trombone-offs with other musicians never losing and often belittling them by playing his slide with his foot.  He also had another act where he would find the fattest person in the club and ask them to sit on his chest and then he would play. 

This photograph dedicated to jazz photographer Al White was signed in the year of his death.