This fine big band was originally formed by drummer Willie Lynch as the Blue Rhythm Band in 1930 and as the Coconut Grove Orchestra, provided backup to Louis Armstrong on some records. In 1931, Irving Mills became their manager and the group was renamed the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. Lynch's departure later that year resulted in Baron Lee fronting the band until Lucky Millinder took over in 1934. The big band recorded frequently during 1931-1937 (all of the recordings have been reissued on five Classics CDs) and, although the orchestra never really caught on or developed its own personality, its recordings did document many fine performances. Among the sidemen were pianist Edgar Hayes, altoist Charlie Holmes, Joe Garland on tenor, drummer O'Neil Spencer, and by 1934, trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, and clarinetist Benny Bailey. Later editions included altoist Tab Smith, pianist Billy Kyle, and trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Harry Sweets Edison. When the group broke up in 1938, Lucky Millinder formed his own big band. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Mills Blue Rhythm Band (1934)
Mills Blue Rhythm Band -1931- Savage Rhythm
1935 Mills Blue Rhythm Band - Yes! Yes! (Lucky Millinder & band, vocal)
Mills Blue Rhythm Band - Blue Rhythm (1931)
Mills Blue Rhythm Band, The Full Set @ Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2019, Whitley Bay, England
Mills Blue Rhythm Band - Truckin'
1931 Mills Blue Rhythm Band - Ev'ry Time I Look At You
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