[Dixielandjazz] Re: Who Are They?

Don Ingle dingle at baldwin-net.com
Wed Oct 6 07:47:08 PDT 2004

Most likely a ferry boat in fact, taking passengers and cargo over the
river. There were few bridges
other than railroad bridges since there were few major roadways prior to the
1900's , and so ferries were very common along the major rivers until well
into the 1900's when more road building to accommodate the growing
automobile traffic and the roads needed for them meant  bridge building
taking a big
leap forward.
Even today thee are ferry boats operating on several of America's large
rivers, though fewer in numbers compared to the past.
Riverboats were, on the other hand, a major transportation system covering
the majority of the entire  river systems, and were a distinct "fleet" in
style and size, and in passenger accommodations.

---- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Smith" <robert.smith at mitransport.no>
To: "Dixieland Jazz" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:22 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Who Are They?

Clark Terry who was born in 1920, and who lived in St Louis at the time
(1936) names Dewey Jackson "who played on the river boats" as one of his

I'm not familiar with the Mississippi river, so I'm not quite sure what is
meant by "ferryboat" in Wilbur Hobson's book. Does this mean a local boat
crossing the river at Greenville, or does it mean one of the paddle steamers
plying between New Orleans and St Louis? Dewey Jackson played regularly on
the latter, so just might be the trumpet player in the photo facing page 36
in Hobson's book "American Jazz Music". Does anyone have a picture of Dewey
Jackson that can be compared? He had his own group "Peacock Orchestra" and
also played with Charlie Creath.


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