Jack Weber in New Orleans - early 20th Century
The best men in the dance band were fakers, playing ragtime.
Their tunes came from a million sources. Many of them were stolen from old marches ("High Society", for instance) and were the leader's interpretation of the old marches. Because he couldn't read, the band played it differently from the original. Other band leaders stole it in turn, and, because they couldn't read either, the tune was played with many variations. After the leader had shown the trumpet man the melody, (or what he thought was the melody), the trumpeter would play it for the band, and the men … 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. 59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436017047829 accessed: 30 November, 2023
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|New Orleans Brass Band music|
|Date/Time||early 20th Century|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in public|