Louis Mitchell was an African-American band leader who enjoyed considerable success in Europe during the Teens and 1920s. Mitchell originally travelled to Europe with Vernon and Irene Castle in 1912 and then returned to Britain in 1915 where he played in vaudeville with an act called the Seven Spades. In 1918 he returned to New York and drummed in James Europe's Clef Club Band and put together his own band that travelled to Paris, France where they played at hotels and dance clubs. In the 1920s the Jazz Kings played a five year residency at the Casino de Paris (16 rue De Clichy). Mitchell had his own American restaurant called Mitchell's in Montmartre and helped Bricktop (Ada Smith-Ducongé) set up her first club, The Music Box in Paris. Mitchell continued to be active in the music scene in Paris until he returned to America at the onset of World War Two. Mitchell was able to secure bookings for other African-American Jazz bands in Europe as well as running his own clubs, which included the Grand Duc (52 rue Pigalle) and Chez Mitchell. Sidney Bechet played in the Jazz Kings in 1919 and 1920, touring Scotland and England with the band.

Thanks to Yves Francois and Jeff Lichtman of Swazoo Koolak's Web Jukebox for their help with the recordings on this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Ain't We Got Fun?
(Richard Whiting)
1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6542
All That I Need Is You 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6572
Salabert
100501
Angel Child 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6576
April Showers 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6577
Bimini Bay
(Gus Kahn / Raymond Egan / Richard Whiting)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6573
Salabert
100501
Blue 7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6606
By The Sapphire Sea 4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6597
Ca, c'est une chose
(Maurice Yvain)
5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6557
5715
Pathé Actuelle
15114
Salabert
100504
Camomille 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6554
Carolina In The Morning
(Walter Donaldson)
7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6608
C'est Paris
(Maurice Yvain)
7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6607
Salabert
10053
Chicago
(Fred Fisher)
4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6598
Cutie 7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6564
Dancing Fool
(Harry B. Smith / Francis Wheeler / Ted Snyder)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6576
Dans la vie, faut pas s'en faire 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6555
5716
Pathé Actuelle
15115
Salabert
100505
Dèdè Si j'avais su
(Christine)
5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
Do It 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6577
Everybody Step
(Irving Berlin)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6574
Hep 1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6543
Hooch - An Indian Idol 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6558
I'm Just Wild About Harry
(Noble Sissle / Eubie Blake)
7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6565
Indecision - "Big Or Small Hat" 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6554
Japanese Lanterns Blues
(Borel / Clerc)
4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6598
Je m'doone 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6556
5716
Pathé Actuelle
15115
Salabert
100505
J'en ai marre
(Maurice Yvain)
1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6544
Pathé Actuelle
7017
7023
15108
Ji-Ji Boo 4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6597
Jimmy (I Love But You) 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6574
Lovable Eyes 7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6565
Machinalement
(Maurice Yvain)
5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6557
5715
Pathé Actuelle
15114
Salabert
100504
Now And Then
(Norman Spencer)
2-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6550
Non, non, jamais les hommes 5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6555
5714
Pathé Actuelle
15124
Salabert
100507
Oh Gee! Oh Gosh! 7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6564
Oh Me! Oh My! 1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6542
Pathé Actuelle
7017
Sally, Won't You Please Come Back? 1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6543
Say It With Music 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6575
Salabert
100502
Send Back My Honeyman
(Lou Handman)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6578
Sing 'Em Blues
(Dan Parrish)
4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6599
Si vous n'aimez pas ca
(Maurice Yvain)
7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6607
5715
Salabert
10053
Some Sunny Day
(Irving Berlin)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6575
Salabert
100502
Spooning 2-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6549
Stumbling
(Zez Confrey)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6572
Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes
(Schuster / Nelson)
5-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6558
The Montmartre Rag
(Louis Mitchell)
7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6566
The Sheik Of Araby
(Harry B. Smith / Francois Wheeler / Ted Snyder)
2-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6550
Tommorrow 7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6606
Toot-Toot-Tootsie (Goo'bye)
(Gus Kahn / Ernie Erdman / Dan Russo)
7-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6608
Turkish Ideals
(Dan Parrish)
10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6578
Ty-Tee 10-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6573
Une femme qui passe
(Borel / Clerc)
1-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6544
Wabash Blues
(Dave Ringle / Fred Meinken)
7-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6566
When Happiness Begins 2-1922 Paris, France Pathé
6549
Who Cares? 4-1923 Paris, France Pathé
6599
Artist Instrument
Walter Kildare Banjo
Joe Meyers Piano
Louis Mitchell Drums, Leader
Dan Parrish Tuba
James Shaw Alto Saxophone
Cricket Smith Trumpet
Frank Withers Trombone
Some Hustling This! Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929, by Mark Miller, Mercury Press , 2006