:: Title :: Interview with Leonard Bechet about early blues and Storyville characters
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Bechet, Leonard [vocal]
Lomax, Alan
:: Setting :: At the home of Dr. Leonard Bechet
:: Location :: New Orleans (Orleans Parish), Louisiana (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Louisiana Creole, New Orleans
:: Session :: Leonard Bechet 4/49
:: Date :: 4/4-4/14, 1949
:: Reference Information :: T994.0, Track 2 (00:07:07)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with Dr. Leonard Bechet at his home in New Orleans. A dentist by trade and occasional trombonist, Bechet was the older brother of renowned clarinetist Sidney Bechet. He recalls the Bechet family's opinion of Sidney's involvement with the hot jazz circles, the differences between the Creole and black social scenes, pre-jazz Creole music, and discusses his current profession of dentistry. He led the Silver Bells Brass Band, featuring Sidney, until World War I and was a member of the Young Superior Brass Band in the 1920s. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Dr. Bechet tells Lomax that the first blues he heard was "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home," a much earlier blues than "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor," which came out around the same time, Bechet says, Sidney Bechet started playing in a minstrel show band (see T994, track 4, for Albert Glenny's recollections of that band). Lomax runs down a list of Storyville characters, asking Dr. Bechet who he knows. He doesn't remember Aaron Harris or Josie Arlington, but does remember Robert Charles, Lulu White, Louise Blackenstein and Louise Aberdeen. He briefly discusses Big Eye Louis Nelson and Jelly Roll Morton, who he heard more of after his death than when he was alive. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949



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