Jack Weber 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 59:

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 >>

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. 59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436017047829 accessed: 25 May, 2022

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Jack Weber
18??-

Listening to

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New Orleans Brass Band music

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:27:46 +0100