The music of Bix

Joined: 10:44 AM - Mar 16, 2018

1:26 PM - Oct 05, 2018 #1

 I thought this was a forum that discussed the music of Bix and his time. It appears that it is now a newspaper archive.
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Joined: 5:01 AM - Mar 17, 2018

7:33 AM - Oct 06, 2018 #2

Studying the sound of music here. Pee Wee & Louis make the trump.
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11:57 PM - Oct 06, 2018 #3

Well, its a rather big batch of new archival stuff. But it really is good to get these things out into the ozone.
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3:22 AM - Oct 07, 2018 #4

I explored www.newspaperarchive.com a few years ago, with a 24-hour subscription.  It's a different writing style in those local and regional papers, way back - copious detail daily about local items, compared with present-day newsprint, far more summarized.  It did leave me wondering, how much of the old detail I read might have been padded with some fictionalization.
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Joined: 12:00 AM - Jan 01, 1970

12:50 PM - Oct 10, 2018 #5

Original documents associated with Bix and his fellow musicians are an important part of the historical record. As an example of how such documents can be useful in discographical research, I cite this article. IAJRC Journal, Vol. 45, No. 1, March 2012
https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/vie ... Fuller.doc
I quote: "These two records are listed in Brian Rust’s American Dance Bands discography, but the instrumentation and musicians are not identified. An article in the Daily Independent, Monessen, PA, May 12, 1921, provides the identification of the musicians as follows: Ernie Wray (c); Francis Zimmoch, (tb); Harold Sturr and Mutt Hayes (as, cl); Eddie Sheasby, (vn); Dewey Bergman, (p); Earl Fuller, (d).
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12:54 AM - Oct 13, 2018 #6

alexander revell wrote:  I thought this was a forum that discussed the music of Bix and his time. It appears that it is now a newspaper archive.
Well, to cite W. E. Burton from one of those wonderful 1928 "State Street Ramblers" recordings:

SOME DO AND SOME DON'T
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Joined: 12:00 AM - Jan 01, 1970

2:11 PM - Oct 13, 2018 #7

Another example of the value of a "newspaper archive":

The Detroit News, Nov 7, 1923. The article lists the names of the musicians in Goldkette's band.

http://louisianadigitallibrary.org/isla ... jaz%3A6346
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Joined: 12:06 PM - Mar 29, 2018

11:00 PM - Oct 13, 2018 #8

The value of consulting the contemporary press of yesteryear, for Jazz Research, is undeniable.

Consider, for example, the scant facts known about the career of the Original Memphis Five (because nobody had taken the trouble to consult primary sources, especially the contemporary press, in order to find out more about that important early jazz band), and then compare this poor state of "OM5-knowledge" to the wealth of information which I managed to present in my recent articles about the OM5 - almost all information was unearthed from the press of the 1920s.

The forte of two of the very best jazz books ever published (W. C. Allen's "Hendersonia" and Larry Gushee's book on the "Creole Band") is precisely that the authors have spared no effort to consult as many contemporary press reports about their subject as was humanly possible. The results speak for themselves ...
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Joined: 11:08 PM - Mar 15, 2018

8:11 AM - Oct 14, 2018 #9

Another worthy from the archives.--

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12:23 PM - Oct 14, 2018 #10

carl wrote: Another worthy from the archives.--

Mediocre playing, at best.

And what can I learn from this effort about what really interests me ?  -  namely jazz from the 1920s and the whereabouts and living conditions of the musicians that played the new music, and the reception of it by the people of those times.

For this, the study of the contemporary press is a sine qua non.
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