Jimmy McPartland in Chicago Loop - the 1920's
from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 120-121:
What we used to do was put the record on--one of the [New Orleans] Rhythm Kings', naturally--play a few bars, and then all get our notes. We'd have to tune our instruments up to the record machine, to the pitch, and go ahead with a few notes. Then stop! A few more bars of the record, each guy would pick out his notes and boom! we would go on and play it. Two bars, or four bars or eight--we would get in on each phrase then all play it.
It was a funny way to learn but in three or four weeks we could finally play one tune all the way through-- "Farewell Blues". Boy, that … more >>
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. 120-121. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434721864341 accessed: 7 April, 2020
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|Farewell Blues||performed by Rhythm Kings|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public|
McPartland and others, including his brother, as young boys, were known first as the Austin High School Gang, before forming their band, the Blue Friars.