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Mary Stafford and Her Jazz Band

February 15, 2010

Mary Stafford and Her Jazz Band
If You Don’t Want Me, Send Me To My Ma

Recorded in 1921

Mary Stafford’s records are historic for two reasons: first, because she was the first African-American woman to sing on Columbia Records, one of the biggest labels of the time; and second, because she was accompanied by Charlie Johnson’s band, giving us one of our very earliest glimpses of African-American jazz. She’s also a very good singer, with a natural bluesy inflection that is not at all exaggerated.

This record was badly worn, but it gave up some very good sound when (don’t try this at home!) it was played with a microgroove needle.

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