Jelly Roll Morton 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, page 53:

A lot of bad bands, what we used to call "spasm" bands, played any jobs they could get in the streets. They did a lot of "ad libbing" in ragtime style with different solos in succession, not in a regular routine, but just as one guy would get tired and let another musician take the lead.

None of these men made much money--maybe a dollar a night or a couple of bucks for a funeral, but still, they didn't like to leave New Orleans. […] So, the town was full of the best musicians you ever heard. Even the rags-bottles-and-bones men would advertise their trade by playing the blues …   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. 53. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433683270989 accessed: 6 April, 2020

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Listening to

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blues
ragtime tunes

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 07 Jun 2015 14:21:11 +0100
Approved on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:16:45 +0100