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There is a heritage that is traced, followed and respected by New Orleans drummers. They consider themselves part of a living continuum, musicians of a tradition which dates back to Congo Square, to the source of the African rhythms. There is a definitive drumming style that has evolved, yet has remained firmly rooted in the past, to the turn of the last century, and a drummer who established the jazz fundamentals of the instrument. This is his story. Warren “Baby” Dodds was born in New Orleans on Christmas Eve in 1894. His grandfather was a drummer at Congo Square, and his brother Johnny Dodds was a clarinetist

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Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit

Read "Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit Matt Brennan 371 Pages ISBN: #978-0-19-068387-0 Oxford University Press 2020 Matt Brennan's Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit is a complex, meticulously researched piece of work that spans several centuries. In the course of over three ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

Read "Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...

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Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

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Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: DRUM ADDICTION

Less Is More? Really?

Read "Less Is More? Really?" reviewed by Mat Marucci

There have been popular views by certain so-called experts that seem to have been accepted as dogma, the term “less is more" being one of them. However, as in any subject from sports to politics to science to religion, every pundit has an equal who has a contrary opinion. I, for one, am bothered by some ...

A provocative pair of releases from drummer Andrew Drury: Content Provider and The Drum

Read "A provocative pair of releases from drummer Andrew Drury: Content Provider and The Drum" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is no doubt that Andrew Drury is one of most innovative and bold drummers on the modern music scene. Over a career spanning two decades he has pushed the boundaries of his kit and has also emerged as an adventurous improviser and composer. With two provocative releases on Soup and Sound label Drury exhibits the ...

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Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for Wild Man Blues, a musical biography based on stories from the personal diaries of Jelly Roll Morton, compiled by the late William Russell, the first curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans, and published in the book ...

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The Eccentric Genius of Jelly Roll Morton This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

The Eccentric Genius of Jelly Roll Morton This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, actor Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for “Wild Man Blues," a musical biography based on personal diaries of Jelly Roll Morton. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM sattelite radio and can be streamed on- demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. One ...

Talking and Drum Solos (1946)

Label: Atavistic Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Baby Dodds: 1. Spooky Drums No. 1 2. Drums in the Twenties 3. Shimmy Beat/Press Roll Demonstration 4. Careless Love Blues 5. Rudiments 6. Maryland 7. Spooky Drums No. 2 8. Tom Tom Workout The Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band: 9. Precious Lord Hold My Hand 10. Take Rocks & Gravel To Build A Solid Road 11. Wild About My Daddy 12. Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday 13. I'm Going On 14. O Lord Let Thy Will Be Done 15. Conversation 16. My Baby Gone and She Won't Be Back No More 17. Farewell You Well Daddy, It's Your Time Now The Lapsey Band: 18. Sing On 19. Dixie 20. Going Up The Country, Don't You Want To Go 21. I Shall Not Be Moved 22. The Ship Is Over The Ocean 23. Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes 24. Nearer My God To Thee 25. Like My God 26. I'm All Right Now Since I've Been Converted 27. Just Over In The Gloryland 28. When I Lay My Burden Down


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