Preston Jackson 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 41-42:

Mutt never could play high, but he made Joe Oliver throw his trumpet away once. There was a big parade in new Orleans and Mutt was with the Tuxedo Brass Band, while Joe was with the Onward Brass Band. His outfit was a few feet in front of the Tuxedo Band in the parade, and Mutt was playing some grand stuff. Joe couldn't take it long. He just threw his horn away and went into a pawnshop and bought another.

Later on, in 1914 I should say, Joe began to improve a lot. He used to practice very hard. I remember once he told me that it took him ten years to a get a tone on his instrument. …   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. 41-42. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433526879389 accessed: 6 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Preston Jackson
trombonist
1902-1983

Listening to

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New Orleans Brass Band music performed by Joe "King" Oliver, Onward Brass Band, Tuxedo Big Band, Mutt Carey

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:54:40 +0100
Approved on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:47:19 +0100