Danny Barker in New Orleans - early 20th Century
One of my most pleasant memories as a kid growing up in New Orleans [early 1900s] was how a bunch of us kids, playing, would suddenly hear sounds. It was like a phenomenon, like the Aurora Borealis--maybe. The sounds of men playing would be so clear, but we wouldn't be sure where they were coming from. So we'd start trotting, start running-- "It's this way!", "It's this way!"-- And, sometimes, after running for a while, you'd find you'd be nowhere near that music. But that music could come on you any time like that. The city was full of the sounds of music.
Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 3. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433263583468 accessed: 29 February, 2024
Listening tohide composers
|New Orleans street music
|early 20th Century
|in the company of others, outdoors, in public