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house band of the mid-1930s was led by Marion Sears, brother of Al Sears, and included at times Buster Harding, Earle Warren, Freddie Webster, Tadd Dameron, and Bullmoose Jackson. A later band was led by Tadd Dameron’s brother Caesar Dameron. From the mid-1940s until the late 1960s the club featured local jazz groups. Chatterbox. 5123 Woodland Avenue. Open from 1949 to 1959 , it featured mostly rhythm-and-blues, but in the mid- to late 1950s it presented James Moody and a number of jazz singers: Jimmy Rushing, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, and Dinah


Warren Vaché Sr

( 1941 ). In May 1940 he played with Buster Harding, and in July of that year he rejoined Waller. After Waller’s death in 1943 he made several appearances with former members of Waller’s Rhythm under the direction of the pianist Pat Flowers. At the same time he led a trio of his own, and in 1944 he worked as a sideman in a trio led by Clarence Profit. Casey also recorded under his own name for Capitol ( 1945 ) and as a freelance with Edmond Hall and Coleman Hawkins (both 1943 ), Pete Brown, Earl Hines, and James P. Johnson (all 1944 ), Big Sid Catlett and Herbie