:: Title :: Interview with Albert Glenny and Leonard Bechet about early jazz musicians, orchestrations, honky tonks, and music teachers
:: 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 4 (00:24:53)
:: 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 and Leonard Bechet recall Tony Jackson, Alcibiades Jeanjacques, and Nene Morette; as well as mailcarrier-cum-music-teacher Paul Cherami (?), who taught cornet to a man named Cousteau who in turn taught Manuel Perez. Discussion of origins of "Tiger Rag," which Glenny says was a two-step and not a quadrille (the quadrille having been the basis for Jelly Roll Morton composition). Bechet rails against the jealousy of "colored musicians," and tells about an argument he had with Big Eye Louis Nelson about Sidney Bechet's ability to read music. He also discusses the formation of the Federation of Musicians. Lomax asks Glenny for his recollections of Jelly Roll Morton, but - apart from having played with him, he says he can't remember anything. Talk about "Barrelhouse Blues," Buddy Bolden, and early brass bands. Glenny describes a typical funeral march and its second lines. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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