[ Don Albert Orchestra ]
Theme: "Deep Blue Melody"
né: Albert Dominique, Trumpet.
b. March 5, 1909, New Orleans,
LA, USA. d. 1986, USA.
Albert Dominique was 17 years of age and playing trumpet in New Orleans before he moved to Texas
in 1926 to work with Troy Floyd. Subsequently, the Floyd Orchestra recorded a number of songs featuring Dominique on trumpet,
including "Shadowland Blues" and "Dreamland Blues." In 1929 he left Troy's band to move back to New
Orleans, with hopes of forming his own band. Floyd advised him to change his name to better suit his career as a bandleader.
The Don Albert band was formed in New Orleans
in 1932, and traveled between Louisiana and Texas until 1939. The band only recorded eight songs, however two of the 78's
sold impressively in Texas ("The Sheik of Araby" backed with "You Don't Love Me" and "Liza"
backed with "Tomorrow").
orchestra was disbanded in 1939, but Don continued to work in various other orchestras throughout the 1940's, '50's
and '60's. He provided an outstanding performance at the 1969 New Orleans Jazz Festival.
The above notes by
Mr. Dan DelFiorentino