In July of 1930 Louis Armstrong moved to California and "fronted" the Les Hite's Orchestra. It was renamed Louis Armstrong's Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra, after a club on Washington Blvd. in Culver City, California where the band played. Armstrong's engagement there was a great success and he stayed at the nightclub until March of 1931. While in California, Louis and drummer Vic Berton, and Frank Driggs were busted by undercover cops for smoking a marijuana cigarette in the parking lot of the club. Louis spent nine days in jail for this misdemeanor. The band also featured a young Lionel Hampton on drums and vibes. "If I Could Be With You" is one of Armstrong's greatest recordings, his vocals and trumpet playing are truly touching. Songs like this make it easy to understand why Louis Armstrong is considered to be one of the world's most beloved artists.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Body And Soul
(From "Three's A Crowd")

(Edward Heyman / John Green / Rob Sour)
10-9-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41468
CONFESSIN' That I Love You
(Al Neiburg / Doc Dougherty / Ellis Reynolds)
8-19-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41448
If I Could Be With You
(One Hour To-Night)

(Henry Creamer / James P. Johnson)
8-19-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41448
I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
(Phil Baxter)
7-21-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41442
I'm In The Market For You
(From Motion Picture "High Society Blues")

(Hanley / McCarthy)
7-21-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41442
Just A Gigolo
(Leonello Casucci / Irving Caesar)
3-9-1931 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41486
Memories Of You
(From "Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930")

(Eubie Blake / Andy Razaf)
10-16-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41463
Shine
(Ford Dabney / Lew Brown / Cecil Mack)
3-9-1931 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41486
Sweethearts On Parade
(Carmen Lombardo / Charles Newman)
12-23-1930 Los Angeles, California Vocalion
3337
The Peanut Vendor
(Moisés Simons)
12-23-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41478
You're Lucky To Me
(From "Lew Lesilie's Blackbirds of 1930")

(Eubie Blake / Andy Razaf)
10-16-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41463
You're Driving Me Crazy
(What Did I Do?)

(Walter Donaldson)
12-23-1930 Los Angeles, California Okeh
41478
Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Joe Bailey Tuba, Bass
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Harvey Brooks Piano
Ceele Burke Banjo, Guitar
Leon Elkins Trumpet
William Franz Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven Trombone
Lionel Hampton Drums, Vibes
Les Hite Alto and Baritone Saxophone
Leon Herriford Alto Saxophone
Charlie Jones Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Reggie Jones Tuba
Marv Johnson Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff Trumpet
Bill Perkins Banjo, Guitar
Henry Prince Piano
Willie Stark Alto Saxophone
Harold Scott Trumpet