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 90:

The Freddie Keppard Creole Band was tremendous. They really played jazz. The reason [George] Baquet, the clarinet, played straight, more or less, was because he was the only one who could read and they had him play the lead for that reason. He played it rather straight, down low. I never heard a man that could beat Keppard--his reach was so exceptional, both high and low, with all degrees of power, great imagination, and more tone than anybody. Any little place in the music that didn't have any notes on, he would fill right up. He really couldn't read a note. Liked to hear the tune first, …   more >>

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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. 90. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433878138507 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: New Orleans

Listening to

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New Orleans jazz performed by The Freddie Keppard Creole Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard, George Baquet

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 09 Jun 2015 20:28:58 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:20:29 +0100