Manuel Perez et al. in New Orleans - 1896

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 23-24:

How did I happen to play "High Society", the famous chorus? Well, I was seventeen at the time. I was playing at that time with John Robichaux, and before that I was playing with the Manuel Perez band, and he used to get all that old-time music--what they are asking for right now.

He bought that "High Society" for me. It was a march tune. We were at Mahogany Hall then. I took the piccolo part and transposed it to my instrument [clarinet]. It made a wonderful hit. So the next night we had to play at another hall where they had all the Creole meetings. At that time they didn't allow a …   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. 23-24. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433414787659 accessed: 17 October, 2021

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Manuel Perez
Musician
1871-1946
Alphonse Picou
Clarinetist
1879-1961

Listening to

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High Society
written by Porter Steele, Alphonse Picou, Robert Recker
performed by Alphonse Picou

Experience Information

Date/Time 1896
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:46:27 +0100
Approved on Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:26:24 +0100