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Irving Stokes: Just Friends

Phil Schaap suggests in his notes that Irving Stokes may turn out to be the Doc Cheatham of the twenty-first century. Well, I first heard this trumpet player when Earl Hines played a return engagement with a big band at The Riverboat in NYC in 1967. He sounded good then, and he still sounds good, with something of a first trumpet’s gravity in his phrasing, but then, of course, he’s a relatively young fellow (born in 1926). According to Grove, his career has included engagements with Tiny Bradshaw, Andy Kirk, Lunceford, Erskine Hawkins, Ellington, Buddy Johnson and Jacquet, besides Lou Donaldson and Panama Francis, whom Schaap mentions.

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