The Smugtown Stompers

Steppin' Out

Traditional Dixieland Jazz
Since 1958, the Smugtown Stompers have been preserving the heritage of early jazz. Named for hometown Rochester, NY (Smugtown, USA, according to the name of a book about Rochester society), the band performs blues, ragtime, dixieland, and pop tunes from the 1890 - 1930 period.

The band was formed by the late Rochester cornetist and internationally known record collector, Bob Fertig. His massive record collection and many friends in the jazz scene are the sources of the band's music.

Music history has entwined the band's story. One of the most prestigious events for the band was its 1984 performance at the induction ceremony for Bessie Smith into the National Women's Hall of Fame, teaming with singer Margaret Wilson in a concert honoring Bessie, "Empress of the Blues.".

Today's band continues that tradition: The International Ragtime-Jasstime Festival, the Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Bash, the International Dixieland Festival and many others are on the Stompers' yearly schedule. The goal of the band is to build a wider public enthusiasm for America's early jazz and ragtime heritage. The tunes are associated with many musical innovators of the 1890 - 1930's period.

Of the 175 tunes in the band's active book (and an equal number in the drawer waiting to be played some day), only sixteen could be squeezed onto this recording. Even so, we are excited to share these with you..

An oversized insert details the interesting history of the band, the music, and the songs played on this recording - 74 minutes long.


1. PANAMA(Rag) MP3
(1900, Will H. Tyers)* 2:56
2. BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME
(1919, Clarence Williams (m), Charles Warfield (w)) 3:38
3. COME BACK, SWEET PAPA
(1926, Paul Barbarin & Luis C. Russell)* 4:04
4. I’M STEPPING OUT (WITH A MEMORY TONIGHT)
(1940, Allie Wrubel (m), Herb Magidson (w))* 5:15
5. ORIENTAL STRUT
(1926, John A. St. Cyr)* 5:13
6. BLACK AND BLUE (WHAT DID I DO TO BE SO)
(1929, Thomas “Fats” Waller & Harry Brooks (m), Andy Razaf (w))* 6:58
7. THE WOLVERINES (WOLVERINE BLUES)
(1923, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (m), John Spikes & Benjamin Spikes (w))* 4:46
8. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE MAMMA EV’RY NIGHT
(1922, Con Conrad (m), Billy Rose (w))* 3:41
9. CREOLE BELLES
(1900, J. Bodewalt Lampe (m), George Sidney (w))* 2:39
10. OH DADDY
(1921, William Russell & Ed Herbert) 6:10
11. ORIGINAL DIXIELAND ONESTEP
(1917, D. James “Nick” LaRocca (m), J. Russel Robinson & George Crandall (w))* 5:04
12. SINGIN’ THE BLUES (TILL MY DADDY COMES HOME)
(1920, Con Conrad & J. Russel Robinson (m), Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young (w)) 6:12
13. HARLEM RAG
(1897, Tom Turpin)* 2:47
14. BUDDY BOLDEN’S BLUES (I THOUGHT I HEARD BUDDY BOLDEN SAY)
(1915, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton)* 4:07
15. TISHOMINGO BLUES
(1917, Spencer Williams)** 4:58
16. CAKE-WALKING BABIES (FROM HOME)
(1924, Chris Smith, Henry Troy, Clarence Williams)* 4:47
74 minutes total

*ASCAP **BMI



Doug Sinclair, clarinet, sax;
Bud Taylor, tuba;
Walt Fullerton, cornet;
Bob Worden, banjo;
Al Santillo, drums;
Bob Fuller, piano;
Dave Sturmer, trombone, leader;
Carol Mulligan, vocalist

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Steppin Out-The Smugtown Stompers
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