PASS THE JUG, PLEASE, or IF YOU DON’T KNOW FRANK MELROSE, YOU SHOULD

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One of the great tragedies in the music we love is the premature and violent death of Frank Melrose — really a brutal murder of a beloved father and husband and a great artist. . . . “Franklyn Taft Melrose (November 26, 1907 – September 1, 1941)” says it all.

But for three minutes or so, you and I can choose to celebrate as well as mourn. Thanks to “Atticus Jazz” on YouTube, the deft and generous Emrah Erken, you may hear a beautiful copy of PASS THE JUG, with Melrose on piano (billed as “Kansas City Frank”) and Tommy Taylor on drums — recorded in Chicago on March 8, 1929.

That rocks!

This one’s for my dear Aunt Ida Melrose Shoufler, who understands.  And it is in memory of Frances Melrose, Frank’s wife and Ida’s mother . . . seen below at the  piano, because she shouldn’t be left out, either.

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May your happiness increase!

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7 responses to “PASS THE JUG, PLEASE, or IF YOU DON’T KNOW FRANK MELROSE, YOU SHOULD

  1. Shades of Ray Skjelbred! 😊

  2. Ray KNOWS Kansas City Frank deeply.

  3. I think of all the jazz pianists who died young – Pine Top (spittin’ blood), Jelly Roll, Fats, James P., Melrose, even Henry Ragas.

  4. Garnet Clark! And the modern folks too. One Eubie Blake does not make up for the roster of deaths.

  5. Dan Morgenstern

    Big Jelly man, bless him. Fine also with Wingy, Bud and Tesch…

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  6. Don "Zoot"Conner

    Recognized your Aunt Ida’s bi-line.I would like to know more,but it’s probably just as well I don’t.Thank’s Michael for an almost mystical vignette.

  7. Thank you so much for bringing my beloved parents alive to me, my dear dear nephew Michael. All three of you are so important in my life~

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