Firehouse Five Plus Two

As I flip back to the days when I was the Firechief and designated trombonist in the jazz band called the Firehouse Five Plus Two, it's difficult to deny that those 22 years were some of the most bizarre times of my life. Here we were, a bunch of artists, writers, and technicians who worked together for Walt Disney by day, turning out those wonderful animation films of the Golden Age and, on weekends, playing our raucous style of New Orleans jazz, all dressed up in red shirts, white suspenders, and genuine leather firehats.

The roots of the band germinated in the early 1940's when some of us at the Disney Studio used to gather in my office at lunchtime to listen to my records of such jazz legends as King Oliver, Baby Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong. Since most of our little nucleus of old-time jazz lovers had played various musical instruments back in school, we decided to really get into the spirit of the music by playing along with the records. Then one day the phonograph broke down right in the middle of “Royal Garden Blues.” Undaunted, we kept right on playing and found to our amazement that we sounded pretty good all by ourselves!

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Stoking The Fire
Stoking The Fire
Good Time Jazz
2007
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Yes Sir! That's My...
Ayler Records
1991
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Dixieland Favorites
Ayler Records
1991
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Vol. 5: Firehouse...
Ayler Records
1990
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Goes to A Fire
Ayler Records
1964
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At Disneyland
Ayler Records
1962
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