Good Time Jazz
(Est. 1949) Lester Koenig helped to foment a worldwide revival of interest in traditional New Orleans-style jazz in 1941, when he co-produced the first sides by Lu Watters's Yerba Buena Jazz Band (for the Jazz Man label). After a short-lived career as an assistant producer at Paramount Pictures, Koenig started his own Good Time Jazz label in 1949 by recording a group of moonlighting Walt Disney employees known as the Firehouse Five Plus Two. Throughout the Fifties, Good Time Jazz not only recorded such prominent jazz traditionalists as Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey, George Lewis, and Kid Ory, but also issued albums by Harlem stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith and folk-bluesman Jesse Fuller. The Good Time Jazz catalog was acquired in 1984 by Fantasy, Inc. In 1993, new recordings began appearing on Good Time Jazz by the Silver Leaf Jazz Band, Tim Laughlin, Jacques Gauthe, and Scott Black's Hot Horns, all New Orleans-based artists.
GOOD TIME JAZZ FEATURED ARTISTS
It started as a lark. Several of the cartoon animators at the Disney Studios were amateur musicians. They jammed together a bit during their off hours, always had a great time, and decided to form a regular Dixieland band. Thus was the Firehouse Five Plus Two formed in 1949.MORE
One of the heroes of New Orleans jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, clarinetist George Lewis (1900-1968) was a very popular figure who for many best represented the Crescent City’s music. He was self-taught on clarinet and chose to stay in his native New Orleans rather than head North in the 1920s.MORE