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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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Glories, Remembered

Glories, Remembered

(p.314) 19 Glories, Remembered
A Trumpet around the Corner

Samuel Charters

University Press of Mississippi

By the 1930s, New Orleans and the rest of the country had become a passive audience for a popular culture that was almost exclusively created somewhere else. Nationally syndicated radio and Hollywood movies conspired to alter the city’s unique jazz traditions. There was a new dance craze known as “jitterbugging.” Amid the stream of recordings and late-night broadcasts by orchestras playing in all of the new swing idioms, local musicians found it impossible to shut out the sounds of the music crowding around them. At the same time, however, the first generation of musicians who had shaped New Orleans’s first syncopated styles and developed them into jazz longed to turn back the clock—to go back to the old glories. Some of them made a successful, albeit brief, comeback in the midst of the Depression: Nick La Rocca and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Keywords:   jazz, New Orleans, recordings, swing, musicians, Depression, Nick La Rocca, Dixieland Jazz Band, Rhythm Kings, Jelly Roll Morton

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