[Dixielandjazz] The Preacher

Norrie Thomson jnt@nosmoth.fsnet.co.uk
Sat, 28 Sep 2002 01:35:50 +0100

Rollo Laylan, according to John Chilton, was born in 1910 in Wisconsin.  he
played with Whteman, Bewrigan, Hodes, Joe Marsala, Ray McKinley and led his
own group from 1951.

There is nothing about any physical handicap in the small bio in Who's Who.


Norrie Thomson
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From: drjz <drjz@bealenet.com>
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Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The Preacher

> It was noted during the discussion of Preacher Rollo Laylan that he had
> limited movement in one of  his hands. This is another example of a jazz
> musician continuing to play despite a handicap, as did Sweet Emma
> Barrett. I should be most grateful if anyone can answer these questions.
> Which hand was it?
> How did the limitation affect his handling of the sticks and the drum
> set, if at all?
> What caused the Preacher's infirmity? One source says injury, another
> polio. If the latter, did he show any post-polio weakness in later
> years?
> I understand that he died on 8/26/96. How old was he then? Does anyone
> know the date and place of his birth, and the cause of his death?
> Many thanks and regards.
> Fred
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