Capital of Jazz
This chapter considers Robert Goffin’s book La Nouvelle-Orléans Capital du Jazz (1946) that has never been published in English. Consistently those interviewed by Goffin said that Bolden did not lead a band until after the Robert Charles riots of1900. Goffin was given a detailed account of where Buddy Bolden was; who he was playing with, and also that before 1900 his principal instrument was accordion. This chapter also discusses the roles of Manuel Perez. Buddy Petit who never recorded is credited as being the best cornet player for playing second (harmony parts) in New Orleans. Punch Miller reproduced Petit’s harmony part on “High Society,” and this is discussed in relationship to barbershop voice leading. The recordings of the Joe Oliver’s “Creole Jazz Band” and Louis Armstrong’s “Hot Fives” are discussed in relation to jazz counterpoint.
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