:: Title :: Interview with Albert Glenny and Leonard Bechet about Glenny's learning bass and playing in a minstrel show band
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Glenny, Albert [vocal]
Lomax, Alan
:: Setting :: At the home of Albert Glenny, 1315 St. Anthony St.
:: Location :: New Orleans (Orleans Parish), Louisiana (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Louisiana Creole, New Orleans
:: Session :: Albert Glenny and Leonard Bechet 4/49
:: Date :: 4/4-4/14, 1949
:: Reference Information :: T994.0, Track 4 (00:06:33)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with Albert Glenny and Dr. Leonard Bechet. Albert Glenny (1870-1958) was a member of Buddy Bolden?s marching band (c. 1900) and played string bass with the bands of Kid Rena, Big Eye Louis Nelson, John Robichaux, and the Depression-era WPA Brass Band and ERA Orchestra. The box of the recording tape bears this description: ?79, spry old gentleman, spots and freckles, eyebrows gone, toothless, his memory slow, eyes blurry and red, the slightly clawed fingers, clean, poor clothes, broken but polished shoes, quiet old fellow, looks 60.? Dr. Bechet was a trombonist, dentist, and older brother of renowned clarinetist Sidney Bechet. 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. (See Lomax's interviews with Bechet with Glenny.) [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Albert Glenny discusses getting interested in and learning the bass, the proper way to play (with a bow), and the first band he was in: a 5-piece accordion band called the "Gumbo Band" (in French Creole) that played the minstrel show circuit. They played songs such as "I'm a Peach," "Eh La-Bas," "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home," and a novelty number called "Burly Coon." He and Leonard Bechet name the members of the group, which included Sidney Bechet and Joe Brooks. "Brought the jazz here? [would] travel across the lake to Biloxi." [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949



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