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The Frisco "Jass" Band was formed in early 1917 by Rudy Wiedoeft soon after he arrived in New York City. According to the July 1917 issue of Edison Amberola Monthly, the band "is now playing engagements at Montmartre, New York's famous midnight cafe, the Winter Garden and the leading summer resorts near New York." Presumably the word Frisco was chosen to reflect that the musicians were from California. The band had no connection with Edison xylophone artist and vaudevillian… read more

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