Millard G. Thomas And His Chicago Orchestra In Ottawa, Ontario 1926


American born Millard G. Thomas was a blues pianist, who immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, circa 1918. He took up position as pit band leader at local Vaudeville theatres from 1919 to 1924. The Compo Company, Lachine, Quebec, had just launched its race record in the United States under the Ajax label in 1923. The band made five records for the Ajax label, between March 7, 1924 and August 12, 1924, and continued to play the Vaudeville circuit in Canada until 1926. On May 21, 1926 the announcement of the new amusement park in Ottawa, Royal Park, contained the news that the Millard G. Thomas Chicago Orchestra would be performing.

 

ottawa citizen   google news archive search-millard j. thomas chicago novelty orchestra may 21, 1926.

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