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Creating Jazz CounterpointNew Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues$
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Vic Hobson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039911

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039911.001.0001

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The “Creoles of Color”

The “Creoles of Color”

(p.79) 6 The “Creoles of Color”
Creating Jazz Counterpoint

Vic Hobson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Anthony Maggio’s “I Got the Blues” (1908) and other twelve bar compositions, including those of W. C. Handy, that John Robichaux – the leading Creole band leader in turn of the century New Orleans – had in his music library. Although many Creole musicians learned to play the blues from sheet music some did not. Alphonse Picou claims to have played the blues with the Independent Band (which had its headquarters in a downtown barbershop), and to have composed the first blues based upon a song of a railroad worker. This chapter also discusses Picou’s adaptation of “High Society” (1901) and his use of barbershop voice leading.

Keywords:   Anthony Maggio, John Robichaux, Alphonse Picou, “High Society”, Voice leading

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