After the breakup of King Oliver's great Creole Jazz Band, Oliver rebounded with the Dixie Syncopators after a brief stint with the Dave Peyton Orchestra at the Plantation Cafe. The Syncopators would never achieve the creative or financial success of his earlier band, but it was still was one of the great bands of the 1920s. They played at the Plantation Cafe in Chicago (338 East Thirty-fifth Street at State Street) from 1925 to 1927 and recorded for Vocalion and Brunswick. When the Plantation Cafe was destroyed by fire Oliver began an ill-fated tour that ended at the Savoy Ballroom in New York. While on the road the band had been cheated out of money by promoters. King Oliver unwisely turned down a the gig at the Cotton Club in New York City because the money was not up to his standards. The job went to Duke Ellington who became famous while at the club via its radio broadcasts. The Dixie Syncopators found themselves without work and Oliver was suffering from dental problems that impaired his trumpet playing. The group disbanded in New York. Luis Russell picked up the pieces of the band and formed the Luis Russell Orchestra.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Aunt Hagar's Blues
(W.C. Handy)
9-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1225
Black Snake Blues
(Victoria Spivey)
4-27-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1112
Dead Man Blues
(Jelly Roll Morton)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1059
Deep Henderson
(Fred Rose)
4-21-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1014
Brunswick
3245-B
Doctor Jazz
(King Oliver)
4-22-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1113
Every Tub
(King Oliver / Paul Barbarin)
4-22-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1114
Farewell Blues
(Elmer Schoebel / Paul Mares / Leon Roppolo)
11-18-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1152
Perfect
15685-A
Brunswick
3741-A
Four Or Five Times (vocal)
(Hellman / Gay)
8-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
4028
Four Or Five Times
(Hellman / Gay)
8-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
A-7890
Got Everything (Don't Want Anything But You) (A) (vocal)
(Andy Razaf / Jack Palmer)
8-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
4028
Got Everything (Don't Want Anything But You) (B)
(Andy Razaf / Jack Palmer)
8-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
A-7890
Got Everything (Don't Want Anything But You) (G)
(Andy Razaf / Jack Palmer)
8-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
Jackass Blues
Vocal Chorus by Georgia Taylor

(Art Kassell / Mel Stitzel)
4-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1014
Brunswick
3245-A
I'm Watching The Clock
(King Oliver)
9-12-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
4469
Lazy Mama
(Gilford / Gray)
7-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1190
New Wang Wang Blues
(Henry Busse / Bert Johnson / Gus Mueller)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1049
Slow And Steady
(King Oliver / Delaney)
11-14-1928 New York, New York Brunswick
4469
Sobbin' Blues
(Art Kassell / Vic Berton)
11-18-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1152
Perfect
15685-B
Brunswick
3741-B
Someday Sweetheart
(Benjamin Spikes / John Spikes)
9-17-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1059
Brunswick
3373-A
Showboat Shuffle
(King Oliver / Barney Bigard)
4-22-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1114
Speak Easy Blues 9-10-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1225
Sugar Foot Stomp
(King Oliver)
5-29-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1033
Brunswick
3361-B
Sweet Emmalina
(Andy Razaf / Jack Palmer)
7-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1190
Tack Annie
(King Oliver / Paul Barbarin)
7-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1049
Tin Roof Blues
(New Orleans Rhythm Kings)
7-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1189
Wa Wa Wa
(Schaefer)
5-29-1926 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
B 1033
Brunswick
3373-B
West End Blues
(King Oliver)
7-11-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1189
Willie The Weeper
(Rymal / Bloom / Walter Melrose)
4-22-1927 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
A 1112
Artist Instrument
Ed Anderson Cornet
James Archey Trombone
Paul Barbarin Drums
Paul Barnes Soprano and Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Lawson Buford Tuba
Bert Cobb Tuba
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Ernest Elliot Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Stump Evans Soprano Saxophone
Arville Harris Clarinet, Tenor and Alto Saxophone
Leroy Harris Banjo
Darnell Howard Clarinet
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Willie Jackson Vocals
Richard M. Jones Vocals
Will Johnson Banjo
Louis Metcalf Trumpet
Bass Moore Tuba
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Soprano and Alto Saxophone
King Oliver Cornet, Leader
Kid Ory Trombone
Billy Paige Clarinet, Soprano and Alto Saxophone
Andy Pendleton Vocals
Luis Rusell Piano
Bud Scott Banjo
Omer Simeon Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Bob Shoffner Cornet
Cyrus St. Clair Tuba
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Guitar
Georgia Taylor Vocals
Leroy Tibbs Piano
Benny Waters Clarinet, Tenor and Alto Saxophone
Clarence Williams Piano, Vocals