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That's Got 'Em!The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman$
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Mark Berresford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730999

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730999.001.0001

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Missouri Childhood

Missouri Childhood

(p.9) Chapter 2 Missouri Childhood
That's Got 'Em!

Mark Berresford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of Sweatman, who was born on February 7, 1882 in Brunswick, Missouri, the third child born to Coleman and Matilda Sweatman. Sweatman’s first musical instrument was piano, which he was taught by his elder sister, Eva. Sweatman later taught himself to play the violin before subsequently learning to play clarinet, on which he was also self-taught. He also became proficient on bass clarinet, trombone, and organ. Sweatman’s style of playing was strongly influenced by the orchestral ragtime bands he heard and played in as a teenager, and was to remain virtually fixed for the rest of his career.

Keywords:   Wilbur C. Sweatman, African American musicians, ragtime

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