Jeter-Pillars Orchestra

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The Jeter-Pillars Orchestra was an American swing- era orchestra founded in 1934 by alto saxophonist James Jeter and tenor saxophonist Hayes Pillars, both of whom had previously played with Alphonse Trent . The band worked in St. Louis for ten years and recorded for Vocalion in 1937 . Despite the long existence, these were the only recordings.

The Jeter-Pillars Orchestra was not considered a particularly well-known jazz orchestra, although over the years it included important jazz musicians such as Harry Sweets Edison , Walter Page , Jimmy Blanton , Jo Jones , Kenny Clarke , Sid Catlett , Charlie Christian and Floyd Smith .


  • Dennis Owsley: City of Gabriels. The history of jazz in St. Louis, 1895–1973. Reedy Press, St. Louis MO 2006, ISBN 1-933370-04-1 , p. 62.

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