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:

There was another difference between the "high-class" musician [who could read music] and the dance [band] musician [who could not read music]. The latter was proud of his status and didn't want to sound like an opera-house tooter, so he tried to get as honky-tonk as possible to avoid a "legit" tone. They built up the honky-tonk tone with mutes, of which they had an endless variety. Sharkey Bonano, when he traveled north to New York, astounded Manhattan natives by showing them the New Orleans trick of putting the bell of a trumpet into a bucket of water! They had endless gadgets in those …   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. 59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436017621186 accessed: 25 June, 2022

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Jack Weber
18??-

Listening to

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New Orleans jazz band music performed by Sharkey Bonano

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 14:47:01 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:25:13 +0100