Bunk Johnson in New Orleans - 1895
I went with Adam Oliver's band, my first band, played with them just a short while, and I had the opportunity of hearin' King Bolden's Band at Lincoln Park. And I got crazy to play with Bolden and Bolden played my style of music. I liked to read, but I played that head music better--more jazz to it. I liked to read, and I could read good, but Bolden played pretty much by ear. And made up his own tunes; but everything that he played, I could whistle, I could play. And I jumped Olivier's band and went with Bolden. That was in 1895.
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. 36. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433436283678 accessed: 29 June, 2022
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|New Orleans Brass Band music||performed by Buddy Bolden|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, outdoors, in public|