The All-American Music
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On Volume One, the Arrowhead Jazz Band plays 14 tunes that were originally recorded in New Orleans by New Orleans jazzmen during the jazz era. These hometown recordings are important aural documentations of the sounds heard in the city's parks, cafes, dance halls, cabarets, barrel houses, and hotel ballrooms.
Samples from Volume One
1. Red Man Blues
The tunes played by the Arrowhead Jazz Band on Volume Two are based on material recorded in New Orleans years after portable equipment was brought to preserve the sounds of the "Early Years." Ironically, as the "Revival" period was developing in the '40s, recording facilities were available locally, but they did not allow black musicians in the studios. As a result, most of the masterful records that inspired this program were made on portable eqipument in store rooms, radio stations, dance halls, etc. The musicians who recorded these historically important recordings were born before or near the turn of the twentieth century and enjoyed careers that significantly contributed to the development of New Orleans jazz.
Samples from Volume Two
1. Get It Right
Did You Know?
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band is credited with making the first jazz recording in 1917. Cornetist Freddie Keppard was offered the chance to record first, but refused for fear that other musicians would steal his ideas.