Andy Kirk

(Andrew Dewey Kirk 1898 – 1992) was an American jazz bandleader and bass player (tuba, string bass, bass sax)st who led the Twelve Clouds of Joy, a band popular during the swing era.

In 1928 Andy Kirk took over the Terrence Holder Orchestrain Kansas City renaming it  Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy. The band went on to become one of the most popular of all the territory bands and maintained a successful career that lasted for over twenty years. Mary Lou Williams rose to prominence in the band. She first recorded with them in 1929 when the regular piano player missed the recording session and her husband John Williams who played saxophone in the band suggested that she take his place. In 1931 she joined the band fulltime and continued to play with them until 1942

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