A few years ago, I had tried to put together an article on the legendary New Orleans's sax great Nat Perrilliat but was unable to find much material other than a few comments from the musicians he had played with. However, today I came across this page which does a great job, including selections from singles and albums.
However one mistake on the above noted page. The double CD, Chess collection "Chess New Orleans" lists the saxes on Clarence Frogman Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" as Lee Allen and Eddie Smith. Originally Argo single 5259, recorded in September, 1956
Nat Perrilliat is listed as the tenor sax player on Clarence Henry's "I Don't Know Why But I Do", Argo single 5278, recorded August 1960.
The great drummer Ed Blackwell in 1955 formed the American Jazz Quartet with clarinetist Alvin Batiste, saxophonist Nat Perrilliat, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and bass player Chuck Badie. The group released the album "Boogie Live . . . 1958" on the AFO label in 1958.
Read more: Ed Blackwell Biography http://www.musicianguide.com/biograp...#ixzz1ke5byf15
Additional links include:
"The long neglected, forgotten and sometimes misrepresented modern jazz period in New Orleans’ rich and complex heritage has waited for its turn at the altar of musical worship that has already played host to traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and even rock and roll. In many ways, Harold Battiste, saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and one of the founding fathers of New Orleans’ modern music, defines that era. He, along with contemporaries Alvin Batiste, James Black, Ed Blackwell, Ellis Marsalis, Nat Perilliat and Alvin “Red” Tyler stood on the eve of the second 50 years and started a musical renaissance that continues to this day..." Read more at
And also appeared in 1963 ",,,Ellis Marsalis’ classic 1963 album Monkey Puzzle—intricate, harmonically rich songs like “Whistle Stop,” “Dee Wee,” “Monkey Puzzle,” and “Magnolia Triangle.” The band is Black, Marsalis (piano), Nat Perrilliat (tenor), and Marshall Smith (bass). The CD reissue (AFO, 1991) closes with a ten-minute live version of “Night in Tunisia” that burns as hot as any mainstream jazz performance I’ve ever heard on record. Black drives the group so hard that the stage seems in danger of collapse; on the explosive solo that ends the track, he sounds like at least two drummers."
"Back in the late 1980’s, I got the chance to buy a sealed, four LP box set put out by Harold Battiste in 1976 that contains jazz recordings from 1956 to 1966 by him and other founders or close associates of AFO Records in New Orleans. The groups included are the Ellis Marsalis Quartet (Marsalis, Nat Perilliat, Marvin Smith, and James Black), the Original American Jazz Quintet (Mr. Battiste, Alvin Batiste, Marsalis, William Swanson, and Ed Blackwell), and The AFO Executives (Battiste, Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler, Melvin Lastie, Peter ‘Chuck’ Badie, John Boudreaux, and vocalist, Tami Lynn); as well, other musicians sit in on various cuts.." Read more at:
Also, here's an earlier link:
I hope this post doesn't constitute double-posting. I had posted this link on Pete Thomas' thread about his marvelous rock & roll, r&b web resource, but thought I'd post it here to make it easier for people to find.