Alphonse Picou in New Orleans - late 19th Century
I was born in the year 1879. My father was a cigar maker and my mother was a housewife.
As a boy, the first jazz I heard was a jazz band at the corner of St Phillips and Claiborne. It was called the Excelsior Band. The only musician I remember from that band was Fice Quiyrit, the trumpet player. It was a long time ago.
Was it ragtime? No, no, it was nothing but marches they was playing--brass marches--parade 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. 18. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433408473434 accessed: 3 March, 2024
Listening tohide composers
|New Orleans Brass Band music
|performed by Fice Quiyrit, The Excelsior Band
|late 19th Century