:: Title :: Interview with Leonard Bechet about Sidney Bechet's playing in Storyville and the Jim Crow restrictions of Uptown
:: 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 1 (00:06:27)
:: 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 - Bechet recalls how his family worried about Sidney Bechet's playing with the "riff raff" in the District, which they thought was "one of the worst places - it would interfere with the morals of the -- especially young people." He tells Lomax about Sidney's fans Uptown, such as Clark Wade, a pimp who bought him clothes and looked after him. Lomax asks about the Jim Crow aspects of the District - Bechet says that the only way to make any real money there was to play for whites, and, no matter how "rough" or "ignorant" the black jazz players were, they always knew to respect white society to avoid any scrapes. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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