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FS: The Last JAM Piano Rolls by John Farrell
By Bob Billings

John Farrell died in early 2007, a great loss to the musical world.
In addition to being a fine jazz pianist and arranger, he had the
ability to transcribe music from recorded performances to piano rolls
and make the rolls sound as if they were played by hand.  Most of his
rolls are still available.  He left a library of 26 unissued rolls
which we will release in 2008.

The first 6 titles listed below are available now, and for a small
additional charge you may order previously issued rolls from our
extensive archive which is published on John's web site.  The web site
address is and
it will continue to be maintained for the indefinite future.  The rolls
are issued on the JAM label, so if jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and hot
dance music are your cup of tea then these are certainly for you.
Below are the details of our current offerings with a brief note on

The rolls are priced at $96 for the set of 6, plus postage, with
payment in advance by PayPal or check drawn on a US bank.   Order
from us at <> or via snail mail at 14010
Rim Rock Drive, Reno NV 89521, USA.  Shipping to US addresses is $6.50
via Media Mail.  Shipping to European addresses is $22.00 via air only.

Let us know your email address and we will send future offerings by
email.  If you are interested, we will email you a file of the roll
titles and prices.

JAM 237 - Birmingham Breakdown as played by John Farrell.  Duke
Ellington's well-known 1927 tune will give your piano a workout.
John's notes say to play it fast.

JAM 238 - Have You Met Miss Jones? as played by John Farrell.  John's
jazz version of this 1937 Rodgers & Hart tune.

JAM 239 - Lock And Key as played by the composer, James P. Johnson.
A slow stride tune.

JAM 240 - Weeping Blues as played by the composer, James P. Johnson.
A medium paced blues transcribed from his 1934 Bluebird  record.

JAM 241 - Honey Hush as played by Don Ewell.  John considered Ewell
as one of the best jazz and stride pianists.  Here Ewell dishes out
a Fats Waller tune.

JAM 242 - Centennial Rag as played by John Farrell.  John gives this
Charles Thompson rag some of his special treatment that jazzes it up
a bit.

Bob Billings
14010 Rim Rock Drive
Reno, NV 89521 USA

(Message sent Thu 3 Jan 2008, 15:39:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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