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 20-21:

The marching brass bands used more instruments than the dance bands. And those brass bands could play legitimate marches, the same marches the Army Band of the United States would play for the President if he died. They could play beautiful hymns and marches, like "Nearer my God to Thee" and "Maryland, My Maryland". But when they came back from a funeral-- and the band, by the way, never went into the cemetery when the band played for a funeral--well, on the way back, they'd put their music in their pockets and everybody started wailing.

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. 20-21. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433412232516 accessed: 7 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

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

Listening to

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Nearer, My God, to Thee
written by Sarah F. Adams, Lowell Mason
Maryland, my Maryland
brass band hymns
marching brass band 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 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:03:52 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:43:02 +0100