Preston Jackson in New Orleans - early 20th Century
Keppard? Well, compare him to Perez, who was the best teacher. He read very well. Keppard was just the opposite, all barrelhouse. He played two or three notes a bar and was called King Keppard. He was tops. He didn't have a lot of execution. Liquor killed Keppard finally. He used to carry a water bottle full of liquor under his arm. One time a fellow said, "We don't allow liquor on the job". Keppard picked up the bottle and got ready to go. The guy told him to stay.
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. 89-90. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433877584415 accessed: 30 November, 2023
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jazz trumpet music
written by Dizzy Gillespie
|performed by Freddie Keppard|
|Date/Time||early 20th Century|