The Firehouse Five Plus Two
started out as an amateur Dixieland band mostly comprised of cartoon animators from the Disney Studios. Their spontaneous sessions (led by trombonist Ward Kimball
) were so successful that they started recording for Good Time Jazz in 1949 and soon became a popular attraction, while never giving up their day jobs. In addition to colorful Dixieland ensembles and solos, the band often let off a siren during their hotter choruses and were not shy to inject their music with a healthy dose of humor. They recorded regularly for Good Time Jazz during 1949-1960 with additional albums cut in 1962, 1964, and 1969. In addition to Kimball
, the band included trumpeter Johnny Lucas
(for the first session), cornetist Danny Alguire
, clarinetist Clarke Mallory
, and, from 1960 on, George Probert
on soprano and clarinet.