:: Title :: Interview with Albert Glenny and Leonard Bechet about sporting life costumes, segregation, and opportunities for people of color in New Orleans
:: 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 5 (00:11:06)
:: 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 - Discussion of the outfits of the sporting characters in Storyville and the rise of segregation in New Orleans. Around the turn of the century, Bechet says, there was "a better understanding" between the races. Bechet and Glenny recall the trades (such as bricklaying) that were available to people of color in New Orleans. Lomax asks Glenny and Bechet why there were so many musicians in New Orleans; Glenny says that the early players were all black, though the "white boys can play now!" They were taught, they say, by Big Eye Louis and Freddie Keppard. Bechet says that Manuel Perez was responsible for Las Vegas. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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