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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 6: The Basses of Our Music

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Listen to bassist Pops Foster with the Luis Russell Orchestra from 1929, playing “Jersey Lightning." Also on this record are New Orleans men Henry “Red" Allen, Albert Nicholas and Paul Barbarin. Virtually all of the New Orleans bass players depicted in this post played in an energetic, percussive style very similar to Foster's:

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES
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" class="meta-date"> 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: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 2: Blues Essential

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In the jazz genome, the blues is essential. Louis Armstrong administered his blues while performing open heart surgery on the whole world. Miles Davis wove his kind of blues-isms amid the dark arteries and shadowy intersections of postmodern life. Billie and De De Pierce? I just came to ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 1: New Orleans Brass Bands 1950-1990

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Visible Roots of America's Most Original Cultural Product A lifelong preoccupation with traditional New Orleans jazz inspired my book, Preservation Hall (W.W. Norton, 1991). While doing my own shooting, I uncovered a trove of historical photos I decided to mix with my own (sources available on request). Like the music itself, this ...


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