[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 19, Issue 37

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 22 21:47:09 PDT 2004

> From: "Brian Towers" <towers at allstream.net>
> Steve,
> No point in "flogging a dead horse here."
> What Jim Europe; Will Cook  were playing in those early days is a matter of
> record. There are plenty of jazz books around which tell the story.  Quoting
> from Albert McCarthy's book, page 11 "...a 1914 concert feaured an
> extraordinary line-up that included 47 mandolins, eleven banjos, thirteen
> cellos, eight violins etc etc "    Does this sound like a jazz band?  Need I
> go on?

Yes, you need go on. I am referring to Europe's Hellfighter Army band circa
1917-1918 which was very different from the 1914 orchestra you mention above. No
mandolins, banjos cellos, violins etc. "Apples to Oranges" to bring up the 1914
group, even if quoted from Albert McCarthy, especially when I specifically
mentioned the 1918 date in my previous post.

Flogging the wrong horse? ;-) VBG


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