01 Junho 2011

Original Dixieland "Jass" Band

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‘We are grateful for the warning’ wrote the semi-satirical magazine Punch in April 1919 upon the arrival of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in London. Exactly what they were warning their readership about is open to conjecture as it is unlikely that anybody on the staff of Punch had even heard the Original Dixieland Jazz Band!

Anyway, for the world of popular music the warning was at least two years too late as the ODJB had made their first recordings ninety-one years ago this year, on Monday, 26th February, 1917 in the New York Studios of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The appearance of Victor 18255 in the Spring of 1917 changed the world of popular music for ever.

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Original Dixieland "Jass" Band 1917
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The Original Dixieland Jazz Band contributed two important firsts, they made the first jazz recordings in 1917 and they were the first New Orleans band to make an impact in New York City. Some original members of the band: Nick LaRocca, Alcie Nunez, Johnny Stein, Henry Ragas & Eddie Edwards. This band was influential in the development of modern jazz and leader Nick LaRocca's composition, "Tiger Rag," was an important jazz standard.

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Old New Orleans Index

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© E. C. Crommelin

see:
My Introduction to Jazz by Edward C. Crommelin

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