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  • Jean Christensen wrote on July 08, 2008 report

    I want to purchase The Sky Is Blue with the recording of Buddy Bolden, but don't seem to be able to get to a place in this web site that allows that to happen. What's the deal? JChristensen

  • Ile Ife wrote on August 02, 2008 report

    This is very disturbing news to me. First of all, how did a finding of this magnitude not make national and/or world news? Secondly how did the Smithsonian get ahold of Buddy's recording without approaching Buddy's living relatives first? He does have living relatives you know. Secondly, how was his recording found on an LP. Buddy recorded on a wax cylinder. LP's did not gain popularity until 1915. By that time Buddy was tucked away in the insane asylum. There was not even a chance that he recorded in the insane asylum because he had developed a paranoia of his horn. Also, had the Smithsonian always had a recording of Buddy's and was waiting for the last of his relatives to die off before revealing it? With the release of Wynton Marsalis new move, 'Buddy' whoever has that recording will make billions of dollars off of it. Furthermore, that LP would have to be at least one hundred years old. Buddy was institutionalized in 1906. There is no way an LP could last in an attic in Kansas without being damaged for over 100 years. The heat would detroy anything stored for that length of time. Especially the material an LP was made of then. Another disturbing thing, if this young graduate student did discover an LP Buddy made, what did he and the owner get from its discovery. Buddy Bolden has relatives tucked away in Detroit, you know. If they received money, then that money belongs to Buddy's relatives or they should receive royalties from every recording sold by the Smithsonian. Furthermore, why did the Smithsonian wait until an opportune time to release info on the so-called discovered LP? Wynton Marsalis' movie is coming out and now everyone will know who Buddy Bolden is. How convenient to tell of its discovery now. How long has the Smithsonian been holding onto that recording if they have it at all. It's probably just a farce. Furthermore, Buddy Bolden could not have recorded on an LP because the recording process used at that time were done with wax cylinders. Sounds as if somebody is lying. Had that recording been discovered the whole jazz world would be in a frenzy. Being a black woman myself, I know that racism and prejudice has stopped a lot of our culture from being exposed and we have been discredited as inventors of many things. Black Nubia is one such thing. It seems that if that recording was discovered, somebody held off telling of its existence because it would be the most crystal evidence that the first man of jazz was indeed a black man.

    I am a jazz historian and preservationist. I know that the jazz world would be shaken with the discovery of such a recording. If the recording does exist (which should have been made on a wax cylinder) then Buddy's family should be notified. The poor family has had to leave New Orleans because of Katrina and have suffered insurmountable financial problems. It is unfair that that family is still suffering and not receiving royalties from the selling of their beloved 'Buddy's' creation. Jazz is a black thing, African American music and it should not be owned in any manner by the Smithsonian; afterall it was non-black organizations and non-black persons that condemned Buddy's music while he was living. They labeled it 'Ni__er music, jungle music, bushman music, devil music, sinfull music, etc. Now they want to possess it? No, Buddy's recording belongs to Buddy's living relatives.

  • Brian Phillips wrote on September 16, 2008 report

    Notice the date of the interview: 04-01-08.

    This is an April Fool's prank.

  • kenneth bolden wrote on July 27, 2009 report

    I was doing some family research to see if I am related to Buddy Bolden and I ran across his grand daughter, Gertrude Harriet Tucker in Chicago. She's in her nineties.She was quite upset that no family members were given any compensation for information that the family has given on Buddy Boldens' life. So now she's reluctant to talk to anyone about him. I also talked to
    an elderly D.J. in Chicago whose radio name was " Open The Door Richard" who claimed that he had the only recording of Buddy Bolden on a 78 wax disk in his collection of 78 disks. He recently died and I can't reach anyone at his old telephone number anymore. I agree that if someone had a copy of a Buddy Bolden recording, the jazz world would be exploding. It would be all over the news. Buddys' family should be compensated if there is a recording. If anyone has any information on how to contact any other family members, I would love to have it. I am still working my family history.

  • Hans wrote on August 29, 2009 report

    @ comment #2:

    "LP's did not gain popularity until 1915."

    Really? If you are a "a jazz historian and preservationist" you should get your facts straight and research first what an LP actually is before writing nonsense like that.

  • Ile Ife wrote on October 10, 2009 report

    LP's did not GAIN POPULARITY until that time. They did exist. The wax cylinder was the most popular way in which most artists, especially black artists music was recorded and distributed. The sophisticated recording industry did not consider Buddy's music legitimate music (at least not openly). It was banned in the so-called sophisticated music world, even though it was also imitated and stolen; they first labeled Buddy's music taboo; because it made people sway, blacks especially. Black people were looked upon as doing a provocative, (so-called heathen) 'African' dance because of the gyration of the pelvis. (Elvis did nothing new) So Buddy's music was called unsophisticated, 'Ni_ _ er Music, jungle music, sinful music and the larger music industry that recorded on LP's kept Buddy's music out. Black jazz artists during that time were very poor. Recording on LP's was expensive. Furthermore, blacks had been disenfranchised after the civil war and there was a growing element of racisim throughout the south which includes New Orleans. Blacks were no longer able to showcase their talents as widely as they had once done in Congo Square and in and around New Orleans. There was not only segregation at the swimming pools and water fountains, but also in entertainment and the music industry. Buddy, being black would have been limited in his performing opportunities and it would be gravely unfactual to state that Buddy's music was as accepted by white people as much as it was by black people. Even many black people were made to be ashame and shun that very music that came over with their ancestors on the boats. Buddy would have recorded to the best to his ability which means his music would have been placed on wax cylinders.

  • Phantom wrote on September 21, 2012 report

    I knew Open the door Richard. He once played me a thick 78rpm
    record he said was made from a cylinder. It was a poor sound, sort of New Orleans jazz tune. He said it was "Buddy..? Name meant nothing to me then.
    Also said there was a "Tin Type" march on the cylinder; he no longer had the cylinder.
    He mentioned somebody named "Hardy"; not the comedian.