Alphonse Picou in New Orleans - late 19th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 18:

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.

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. 18. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433408473434 accessed: 7 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Alphonse Picou
Clarinetist
1879-1961

Listening to

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New Orleans Brass Band music performed by Fice Quiyrit, The Excelsior Band

Experience Information

Date/Time late 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:01:13 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:42:17 +0100