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Nick LaRocca


Sillian-American born Dominick James "Nick" La Rocca claimed to have invented Jazz and often complained that African-American musicians have been given too much credit for the birth of Jazz. He was so obnoxious about this, that many people tend to try and overlook the important contributions he made to the music and the role that the Original Dixieland Jass Band played in popularizing Jazz around the world. La Rocca started playing with the Papa Laine's Reliance Brass Band in New Orleans. He formed the Original Dixieland Jass Band in New Orleans in 1914. The group referred to itself as America's first Jazz band

Article: General Articles

"Sicily Jass" e il primo secolo del jazz discografico

Read ""Sicily Jass" e il primo secolo del jazz discografico" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nel 2017 ricorre un importante anniversario per il jazz. Risale infatti a cento anni fa, esattamente al 26 Febbraio 1917, l'incisione di quello che è generalmente considerato il primo disco di jazz della storia, un 78 giri contenente due brani, uno per facciata: “Livery Stable Blues" e “One Step," registrati dalla Original Dixieland Jass Band (il ...


Article: Book Review

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience

Read "Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian-American Experience Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter 384 Pages ISBN: #978-1-60461-089-5 Bella Musica Publishing 2015 In this meticulously researched and anecdote-included work, authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter present a truly fascinating perspective on both the history ...


Article: Opinion

Bridges vs. Walls

Read "Bridges vs. Walls" reviewed by J. Scott Fugate

If you ask ten Americans “what does it mean to be an American?" you might well get 10 different answers.So it goes with America's only original, indigenous art form.Wait... we have one of those?Yes indeed--although it's rarely given the National respect or attention it deserves.Thus, if you ask ...


Tiger Rag

Label: Victor Valente Publishing
Released: 1917


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