Wingy Manone 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 16:

On the way to the graveyard they all walked slowly, following the cornet player. The cornet player was the boss. Sometimes it took them four hours to get to the cemetery. All the way they just swayed to the music and moaned. At the graveside they chanted questions like "Did he ramble?", "Did he gamble?" or "Did he lead a good life until the police shot him down on St James Street?". Then after the body was buried, they'd go back to town and all the way they'd swing. They just pulled the instruments apart. They played the hottest music in the world.

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. 16. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433343612092 accessed: 7 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Wingy Manone
jazz singer, Jazz trumpeter, Bandleader
1900-1982

Listening to

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unspecified swing and jazz
funeral music

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 16:00:12 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:41:47 +0100