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The negro music and American. Negro music in America an exploration of it and its impact on American culture. Here is your host for the series Tony look at a box somewhere around the beginning of World War 1. The word jazz turned up in Chicago but with only an unprintable meaning. A few years later the general public began to hear about jazz in a different sense entirely. When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made its debut at rise in Webbers Cafe in New York City on January 26 1917 these were five white pioneers fresh from the Negro music of New Orleans who played by year and where the hottest thing that cafe society had ever heard. Preston Jackson a New Orleans born trombone has claimed that the band imitated the Joe Oliver band in New Orleans in Memphis Tennessee. A year later the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was being imitated by Buster Bailey
who studied their recordings. Memphis on the bluffs of the Mississippi River was a town with its own history of music or street and jug bands flourished and where Hatton Avenue in gayo street was an area equivalent to the famed New Orleans Storyville. In fact in Memphis there were people who were astonished by the fuss made over the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Take W.C. Handy for instance in 1917 he was almost 45 years old and had already published jazz classics like the Memphis Blues the Yellow Dog Blues the St. Louis Blues in the Beale Street Blues. And he was five years older than Buddy Bolden and at the age of 23 in 1896 he joined a minstrel troupe as he traveled through the South he heard I tenant musicians and guitar pickers from whom he learned blues that he later used in his compositions and he learned his blues lessons well and was about the first American composer with the interest skill and the foresight to write them down. And so through dummy CND the legitimate musician the beauty of the primitive music of the American Negro reached millions of people
and began to become an important part of our musical culture. Buster Bailey a Memphis clarinet is to interpret Sandy's Memphis Blues for us in one of the most moving dirge like blues ever recorded. Jimmy Lunsford the famous wing band leader whose band originated in Memphis
said Bill Strait was our 50 second straight and there was jazz in every doorway W.C. Handy immortalize Beale Street and another famous blues composition. Franz Jackson and his jazz All-Stars play Andys Beale Street Blues. Oh now you married a man
you never met on a home hoovering rather than you know. Mary Kay. No was was. No. Join us next week when the music will be Chicago style. Joe Oliver band and Louis
Armstrong as Korn and fresh from New Orleans began a jazz explosion in Chicago. Negro music in America with Tony look and Bach presented transcribed by the SEIU Radio Network. As again in the next week as we continue our exploration of the negro and American music. This is the SEIU Broadcasting Service. This program was distributed by national educational radio. This is the national educational radio network.
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Negro music in America
Episode Number
Producing Organization
WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program, the twenty fifth of thirty nine parts, presents various examples of African-American folk and jazz music.
Series Description
This series focuses on music created and performed by African-Americans, including folk, and jazz styles. This series is hosted by Anton Luckenbach of Carbondale, Illinois, who also gathered interviews in New Orleans for this series.
Broadcast Date
Race and Ethnicity
Media type
Host: Luckenbach, Anton
Producing Organization: WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-1-25 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:20
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