The Wolverine Orchestra

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The Wolverines (also Wolverine Orchestra, Wolverines Orchestra, The Original Wolverines) were an American jazz band. They were one of the most successful territory bands of the American Midwest in the 1920s.

The Wolverine Orchestra first played at the Stockton Club, a nightclub south of Hamilton, Ohio, in September 1923. Many of its players were transplanted Chicago musicians, and it was led by pianist Dudley Mecum. Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke joined the group toward the end of the year after the lead cornetist quit. Mecum named the group based on the fact that they so often performed the Jelly Roll Morton tune "Wolverine Blues". However, he quit at the end of 1923, and was replaced by Dick Voynow, from St. Louis.

Wolverine members obviously recognized that Beiderbecke was the band's outstanding soloist--he is in the forefront on records. The others were competent on their respective instruments, at times elegant and imaginative. Few other bands at this time made records featuring so much improvisation. Yet the band was clearly well-rehearsed for sessions. Alternate takes of numbers establish that some musical ideas had been carefully worked out ahead of time.
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Singles & EPs

5542 The Wolverine Orchestra - Sensation / Lazy Daddy album art The Wolverine Orchestra Sensation / Lazy Daddy(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5542 US 1924 Sell This Version
5454 The Wolverine Orchestra - Riverboat Shuffle / Susie album art Wolverine Orchestra* Riverboat Shuffle / Susie(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5454 US 1924 Sell This Version
5453 The Wolverine Orchestra - Oh Baby / Copenhagen album art Wolverine Orchestra* Oh Baby / Copenhagen(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5453 US 1924 Sell This Version
20062 The Wolverine Orchestra - I Need Some Pettin' / Royal Garden Blues album art The Wolverine Orchestra I Need Some Pettin' / Royal Garden Blues(Shellac, 10") Gennett 20062 US 1924 Sell This Version
02204 The Wolverine Orchestra - Fidgety Feet / Royal Garden Blues album art Wolverine Orchestra* Fidgety Feet / Royal Garden Blues Brunswick 02204 UK 1936 Sell This Version
45, 46 The Wolverine Orchestra - Maple Leaf Rag / Copenhagen album art New Orleans Rhythm Kings / The Wolverine Orchestra New Orleans Rhythm Kings / The Wolverine Orchestra - Maple Leaf Rag / Copenhagen(Shellac, 10", RE) United Hot Clubs Of America, United Hot Clubs Of America 45, 46 US 1938 Sell This Version
July 1938 The Wolverine Orchestra - Riverboat Shuffle / Lazy Daddy album art Wolverine Orchestra* Riverboat Shuffle / Lazy Daddy(Shellac, 10") Hot Record Society July 1938 US 1938 Sell This Version
BM 02203 The Wolverine Orchestra - The Jazz Me Blues / Big Boy album art Wolverine Orchestra* The Jazz Me Blues / Big Boy Brunswick BM 02203 UK Unknown Sell This Version
02205 The Wolverine Orchestra - Copenhagen / Tiger Rag album art Wolverine Orchestra* Copenhagen / Tiger Rag Brunswick 02205 UK Unknown Sell This Version
02501 The Wolverine Orchestra - Oh! Baby / Toddlin' Blues album art The Wolverine Orchestra / Bix And His Rhythm Jugglers The Wolverine Orchestra / Bix And His Rhythm Jugglers - Oh! Baby / Toddlin' Blues Brunswick 02501 UK Unknown Sell This Version
100 The Wolverine Orchestra - A Good Man Is Hard To Find / Dear Old Southland album art The Wolverine Orchestra A Good Man Is Hard To Find / Dear Old Southland(Shellac, 10") Commodore Music Shop 100 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

AL 3543 The Wolverine Orchestra - Bix Beiderbecke Vol. 2 album art Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverine Orchestra Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverine Orchestra - Bix Beiderbecke Vol. 2(10", Comp, Mono) London Records AL 3543 UK 1955 Sell This Version
SM 3557 The Wolverine Orchestra - Bixology "Riverboat Shuffle" album art Bix Beiderbecke Featuring The Wolverine Orchestra Bix Beiderbecke Featuring The Wolverine Orchestra - Bixology "Riverboat Shuffle" (Comp) Joker (2) SM 3557 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
40.006 The Wolverine Orchestra - A Boy Named Bix album art Bix Beiderbecke And The Wolverine Orchestra Bix Beiderbecke And The Wolverine Orchestra - A Boy Named Bix (Comp) Jazz-Story 40.006 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
42020 The Wolverine Orchestra - The Legendary Bix Beiderbecke album art Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverine Orchestra, Sioux City Six & The Rhythm Jugglers* Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverine Orchestra, Sioux City Six & The Rhythm Jugglers* - The Legendary Bix Beiderbecke (Comp) Classic Jazz Masters 42020 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
JZTL 1001, 1001 The Wolverine Orchestra - Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverines - Volume One album art Bix* And The Wolverine Orchestra Chicago* Bix* And The Wolverine Orchestra Chicago* - Bix Beiderbecke With The Wolverines - Volume One(10", Comp) Jazz-Time, Jazz-Time JZTL 1001, 1001 US Unknown Sell This Version