New Orleans Jazz: Beyond The Crescent City
Episode date - May 18, 2007
In our previous program, we played a few of the white and/or Creole orchestras that personified early jazz. The main reason for this was that most of the earliest recordings ignored the Black bands, but these early recordings do an excellent job of displaying the ensemble style that defined jazz music in its earliest stages, including the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the Halfway House Orchestra and Johnny Bayersdorffer’s Jazzola Novelty Orchestra.
I find it interesting to note that J.B. refers to his own style of music as a “novelty”. We continue our exploration of early New Orleans jazz by listening to a few classic recordings that took place outside of the crescent city (but with New Orleans personnel). It seems incredible to note this, but only six “Black’ bands were recorded in New Orleans during the 1920’s, so next, we take some time to play one track from each of these bands, and our show concludes with one more recording by our featured artist, Joe “King” Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.
29TH and Dearborn – Luis Russell’s Hot Six
Gate Mouth – New Orleans Wanderers
Wild Man Blues – Johnny Dodd’s Black Bottom Stompers
And the Six New Orleans Bands
New Orleans Wiggle – Armand Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra
Frankie and Johnny – Fate Marable’s Society Syncopators
Papa’s Got the Jim-Jams – Papa Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Orchestra 7) To-Wa-Bac-A-Wa – Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight
Bogalusa Strut – Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band
Astoria Strut – Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight
And One Final Classic
Snag It – King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band