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ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 7: Sing Miller: This Little Light of Mine

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Born in 1914, pianist/vocalist Sing Miller was active on the New Orleans scene from the late 1920s until his death in 1990. If Sing didn't like something, he'd let you know. “Man...that ball don't bounce," is a Sing-saying drummer Jeff Hamilton remembers.

Early one winter morning in Iowa in 1984, when I was traveling as ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 4: Trumpeter Percy and Clarinetist Willie Humphrey On Tour and At Home

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Listen to “St. Louis Blues"

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In a long caption in my book, Preservation Hall (W.W. Norton, 1991), I told the story, quoted below, of the Humphreys' long lives and distinguished lineage. I never met their trombonist brother, Earl, who died ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 3: Spirit Matters

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The Old Eureka Band, led from the 1930s by Percy Humphrey.



Tops in the city as late as the 1950s, its joyous processions were marked by a dignity and decorum since overtaken by the wild and garish. Photos by Tom Sharpsteen, compiled with sound by Clint Baker and Katie Cavera, used here with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Percy Humphrey w/ the Crescent City Joymakers: Climax Rag

Read "Climax Rag" reviewed by Derek Taylor

What’s not to love here? Six venerable patriarchs of classic New Orleans jazz reconvening for a rollicking trip down memory lane. As far as Hot Jazz goes it doesn’t get much more combustible than this. The roster reads like the roll call for a dream Dixieland band. The indefatigable Robinson, for years George Lewis’ right hand ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Percy Humphrey with the Crescent City Joymakers: Climax Rag

Read "Climax Rag" reviewed by Jack Bowers

They didn’t call trumpeter Humphrey’s New Orleans–based sextet the “Joymakers” for nothing. These gentlemen clearly had a lot of fun making music together. This session, recorded in 1965, is awash in foot–tapping trad Jazz from one end to the other. As such, the emphasis throughout is on interplay among the various members of the ensemble rather ...