Troy Floyd

Jazz bandleader and instrumentalist Troy Floyd was born in 1901 in Texas. Floyd led various jazz groups in San Antonio during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He played alto and tenor saxophone and clarinet. His first unit was a sextet, organized in 1924 and increased to nine pieces by 1926.

His band broadcast regularly on radio station HTSA from the Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, from which the group took the name Troy Floyd and His Plaza Hotel Orchestra when it recorded for the first time on March 14, 1928. This was one of the first black bands to record in Texas. Floyd's band also appeared at the Shadowland club, from which its 1928 recording of “Shadowland Blues” derived its title. Among the musicians in the Floyd bands were Claude “Benno” Kennedy, “a trumpeter with a considerable technique and freak style,” and Siki Collins, an alto and soprano saxophonist who was praised by a number of his fellow sidemen. Kennedy organized his own band, the Oleanders, in 1927 and later left for California.

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