:: Title :: Interview with Albert Glenny and Leonard Bechet about Buddy Bolden and Buddy Petit
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Bechet, Leonard [vocal]
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 :: T995.0, Track 2 (00:07:28)
:: 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 - Glenny recalls playing with Buddy Bolden - describes him a "very jolly fellow" who would "drink plenty." He and Dr. Bechet agree that Bolden "went crazy in the crazy house, and he died." Glenny explains the difference between Bolden on one hand and Manuel Perez and John Robichaux on the other - Bolden played raggy with "all kinds of foolishness," whereas the others "didn't jazz so much." He was the most popular musician in town around 1896, and the hottest. A brief discussion of Buddy Petit, and Sidney Bechet's influence on him. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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