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A Trumpet around the CornerThe Story of New Orleans Jazz$
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Samuel Charters

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781578068982

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781578068982.001.0001

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The Tiger’s Paw

The Tiger’s Paw

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A Trumpet around the Corner

Samuel Charters

University Press of Mississippi

The Mississippi flood of 1927 was the largest natural disaster in American history. It brought many changes to New Orleans, including the dynamic that had helped sustain so much of the city’s musical life. The Halfway House, where Abbie Brunies and his dance orchestra performed for most of the 1920s, was temporarily shut down for repairs. In a few weeks, Albert Brunies Orchestra opened at a lakeside restaurant in Seabrook called the Midway Bath House and Restaurant. The floods also ended the loosely creative seedbed of musical activity at Milneburg, while West End itself was turned to other purposes. Nevertheless, musicians continued to make recordings for record companies that had been traveling to New Orleans, including Victor Records, which got Louis Dumaine, and Columbia Records, which had success with Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band. In the summer of 1929, another dance emporium opened, the Astoria Gardens, and attracted the likes of Lee Collins.

Keywords:   floods, Mississippi, New Orleans, Albert Brunies Orchestra, musicians, recordings, Victor Records, Columbia Records, Sam Morgan, Lee Collins

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