:: Title :: Interview with Leonard Bechet about early pre-jazz players and youngsters playing music
:: 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 :: T1001.0, Track 5 (00:04:58)
:: 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 talks about the emergence of young people as musicians and early pre-jazz players - Robichaux, Sr.; the Gaspar brothers; Willie Cornish. He credits Manuel Perez and Buddy Bolden for "starting jazz," though at the time it was considered ragtime. Lomax asks about some of the early players - Jelly Roll mentioned in the 1938 interviews - Happy Galloway, Bad Frank and his Piccolo Orchestra, Frankie Dusen, etc. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: New Orleans Jazz Interviews 1949

 

 

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