by Brian Rust
(from the liner notes of Jazz In California 1923 to 1930 on Timeless Records)
Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders as a name may mean little to European enthusiasts, perhaps because only one side "New Kinda Blues" was ever released outside of America at the time. Such names as Lawrence Brown, the trombonist, Lionel Hampton the drummer (and on "Moonlight Blues", "Stuff", "Cuttin' Up" and "California Swing" he is the vocalist) and Reginald Foresythe are at once familiar to us. Brown was soon to join Duke Ellington and stay in his band for many years; Hampton joined Benny Goodman's Quartet as a vibraphonist par excellence in 1936, and played drums on several Goodman sides in the later 1930s, while Foresythe came to London in 1933 and for some years produced very forward-looking compositions, scored for a most unusual assortment of woodwinds against a standard rhythm section. The quality of the Quality Serenaders, however lies in their arrangements by their lead saxophonist, Charlie Lawrence, who composed most of their recorded repertoire, although the brilliant Alex Hill, who died before he was thirty, wrote the score of "Quality Shout". Trumpeter George Orendorff was an exciting soloist. Open or muted, he drives the band along with an attack that never becomes frenzied.

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Burma Girl
(Charlie Lawrence)
7-25-1930 Culver City, California Victor
LPM-10117
California Swing
(Earl Thompson)
4-30-1930 Culver City, California Victor
23354
Charlie's Idea
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-28-1929 Culver City, California Victor
38070-B
Cuttin' Up
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-30-1930 Culver City, California Victor
23420
Gettin' Ready Girl
(Charlie Lawrence?)
7-25-1930 Culver City, California Victor
23420
Harlem
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-30-1929 Culver City, California Victor
23354
Moonlight Blues
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-28-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38068-A
New Kinda Blues
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-30-1930 Culver City, California Victor
22660-A
Over Night Blues (4)
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-29-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38070-A
Over Night Blues (5)
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-29-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38070-A
Quality Shout
(Alex Hill)
4-29-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38122-A
Stuff - Stomp
Vocal refrain by Lionel Hampton

(Harvey O. Brooks)
4-29-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38122-B
The Ramble
(Charlie Lawrence)
4-28-1929 Culver City, California Victor
V-38068-B
Artist Instrument
Harvey Brooks Piano
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Reginald Foresythe Piano
Lionel Hampton Drums, Vocals, Piano
Paul Howard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Leader
Skip Jackson Tuba
Charlie Lawrence Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Arranger, Composer
George Orendorff Trumpet
Earl Thompson Trumpet
Lloyd Reese Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Rousseeau Guitar
Thomas Valentine Banjo, Guitar