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, pages 15-16:

It was the greatest thrill of a kid to hold and watch a musician's instrument whom he idolised. The most miserable feeling a youngster in New Orleans can experience is to be in a classroom in school, studying, and hearing a brass band approaching, swinging like crazy, then pass the school, and fade off into the distance. You will witness a lot of sad expressions in that room. Now if it happens to be lunch hour, recess twelve to one, when the bell rings at one p.m., a lot of seats will be vacant. Now that's an honest fact, as this observer was guilty three or four times himself. The music …   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. 15-16. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433342105048 accessed: 7 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

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:35:05 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:40:56 +0100