:: Title :: Interview with Leonard Bechet about drive in jazz, the differences between Creole and black musicians, and jazz as a social unifier
:: 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 3 (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 explains to Lomax that the difference between Creole music and black jazz is the more intense "drive" of the latter. "You got to play hard with Negroes - you got to go some." Buddy Bolden and Bunk Johnson had the drive, he says, but not Manuel Perez or Alphone Picou. Creole Freddie Keppard played in an "American style," not Creole. He belonged, Bechet says, to "that rough element." He explains that Creoles initally were put off by jazz, but over time they began to "creep right close to it," and now most of them like it. "Jazz music - that's going to help get this misunderstanding among the races straightened out; it's bringing the better class of people together." [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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