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“Always Had Music All Around Me”

“Always Had Music All Around Me”

(p.18) Chapter 3 “Always Had Music All Around Me”
Creating the Jazz Solo
Vic Hobson
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the street songs sung by street traders in New Orleans and the relationship between the traders’ songs, transcribed by R. Emmet Kennedy and published in Mellows (1925), and blue-notes and barbershop “swipes.” This chapter also explores the relationship between spasm bands, ragtime, quartet singing and the emerging jazz bands of New Orleans.

Keywords:   street songs, R. Emmet Kennedy, Swipes, Spasm bands, ragtime

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