Danny Barker in New Orleans - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 15:

…[I]n the days before they closed The District [in 1917, New Orleans] the most exciting form of musical entertainment (aggregation) was not the jazz bands but the brass bands. The bass beat on the bass drum, beautifully executed by Black Benny, would suddenly silence a crowd of some seven or eight thousand loud and boisterous pleasure-seekers. All ears perked up for maybe a minute anxiously awaiting the lead trumpeter to blow the three double-eighth notes, ta-ta, ta-ta, ta-ta, signalling the band members who were scattered nearby, having wandered among the crowd. Characters …   more >>

cite as

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. 15. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433341215423 accessed: 6 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Danny Barker
banjoist, Composer, Guitarist, Singing […]
1909-1994

Listening to

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New Orleans Brass Band music performed by Buddy Petit, Frankie Duson, Kid Rena, Chris Kelly, Bunk Johnson

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:20:15 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:40:28 +0100