Bama State Collegians

Student jazz orchestra made up of students at Alabama State University.

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Tuxedo Junction

Popular song written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, and Julian Dash with lyrics by Buddy Feyne.

1940 sheet music cover for the Glenn Miller recording, Lewis Music, New York
The Glenn Miller single on Bluebird Records

The song was introduced by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra, a college dance band previously known as the Bama State Collegians.

Alabama State University

Public historically black university in Montgomery, Alabama.

ASU Equinox sculpture
ASU campus building
The ASU Stadium
The Mighty Marching Hornets and Sensational Stingettes in 2011

The Bama State Collegians is a big band jazz orchestra sponsored by Alabama State University.

Avery Parrish

American jazz pianist, composer and arranger.

American jazz composer, lyricist, and pianist Eubie Blake made an early contribution to the genre's etymology

Parrish studied at the Alabama State Teachers College, where he played in the Bama State Collegians, an ensemble led by Erskine Hawkins.

Haywood Henry

American jazz baritone saxophonist.

Members of the AJHF free Saturday jazz class.

While he was a student at Alabama State Teachers College, he played with the Bama State Collegians in 1930 and became a member four years later.

Paul Bascomb

American jazz tenor saxophonist, noted for his extended tenure with Erskine Hawkins.

Bascomb was a founding member of the Bama State Collegians, which was led by Erskine Hawkins and eventually became his big band.

Dud Bascomb

American jazz trumpeter, best known for his tenure with Erskine Hawkins.

He played piano as a child but settled on trumpet, and first played with Hawkins at the Alabama State Teachers' School (now Alabama State University) in 1932, where Hawkins led the Bama State Collegians band.

Tommy Stewart (trumpeter)

American trumpeter, arranger, composer, and record producer.

Tommy Stewart

The problem solved itself when he joined the Bama State Collegians, a dance band formed in 1929 who at various times featured Erskine Hawkins, Avery Parrish, Joe Newman, Sam Taylor, Julian Dash, Benny Powell, and Vernall Fournier.

Denver D. Ferguson

American businessman and nightclub owner in Indianapolis, who had a leading role in establishing the "Chitlin' Circuit" of entertainment venues for black entertainers and audiences in the 1930s and 1940s.

Denver Ferguson

They helped various orchestras, bands, and vaudeville shows book gigs, including Jay McShann, King Kolax, Tiny Bradshaw, Roosevelt Sykes, Claude Trenier, the Bama State Collegians, Carolina Cotton Pickers, Snookum Russell, Milton Larkin, Clarence Love, Gene Pope, and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and organised tours around the South playing to black audiences.

Sam Taylor (saxophonist)

American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist.

American jazz composer, lyricist, and pianist Eubie Blake made an early contribution to the genre's etymology

He attended Alabama State University, where he played with the Bama State Collegians.

Joe Newman (trumpeter)

American jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator, best known as a musician who worked with Count Basie during two periods.

American jazz composer, lyricist, and pianist Eubie Blake made an early contribution to the genre's etymology

He attended Alabama State College, where he joined the college band (the Bama State Collegians), became its leader, and took it on tour.