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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 Original Dixieland Jazz Band

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

(p.95) 7 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Creating Jazz Counterpoint

Vic Hobson

University Press of Mississippi

Nick LaRocca the leader of the white “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” claimed that he and his band had created jazz. In his interviews with the Hogan Jazz Archive he told of how he sang countermelodies as a child to “The Holy City” (1892). “The Holy City” is paraphrased in Joe “King” Oliver’s “Chimes Blues” and “Canal Street Blues.” He also spoke of singing with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band they sang songs such as “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” and “Some of these Days.” These were African American songs that they found more suitable for group singing. This chapter discusses the relationship between pentatonic melody and barbershop harmonisation. It also considers Papa Jack Laine’s recollections on the repertoire of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. This chapter concludes that the white bands also applied similar barbershop principles to their playing.

Keywords:   Nick LaRocca, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, “Sister Kate”, “Some of these Days”, Pentatonic

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