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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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The Original and Much-Imitated Ragtime Clarinetist

The Original and Much-Imitated Ragtime Clarinetist

(p.66) Chapter 7 The Original and Much-Imitated Ragtime Clarinetist
That's Got 'Em!

Mark Berresford

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes Sweatman’s career in vaudeville. Under the management of his first theatrical agent Jo Paige Smith, Sweatman made his first vaudeville appearance in September 1911, a sphere of activity that kept him in the public eye for over twenty years and took him from coast to coast and all points between. His first recorded vaudeville appearance was at the New Ruby Theater, Louisville, Kentucky, opening on Monday, September 18, 1911 to rave reviews. Sweatman’s vaudeville career at first was confined to black theaters and minor white vaudeville circuits. but by the end of 1911 his reputation was spreading. After appearances at the Crescent Theater and the Palace Casino in Harlem in November and December 1911, he began to attract the attention of white booking agents, who regularly scouted black vaudeville houses looking for new talent or the latest novelty to bring to mainstream white vaudeville.

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

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