[Dixielandjazz] history buffs/ Kress Horns
csuhor at zebra.net
Mon Jan 1 20:39:57 PST 2007
The reviewer said some crazy things all around. I wasn't too gentle in
my own critique of Brothers' new Armstrong bio, but this guy (Jim
Torok) seemed determined to trash Brothers--claiming. e.g., that
Brothers invented disrespectful terms like "ratty people," "freak
music," and "monkeyshines," which Brothers clearly I.D.'d as terms used
by the early musicians. It's hard to see how Torok could so mis-read
Brothers' connection of church heterophony to jazz. And so on.
Re the waffle man, it was common for mule-drawn wagon peddlers (fruits
& vegetables, waffles, taffy) and collectors (the rag man) in New
Orleans to attract attention in some way--a bugle, chant, cowbell, etc.
I remember these from my childhood. But I believe that the particular
waffle man you mention, who recorded with Sharkey Bonano (probably on
Roger Wolfe's Bandwagon label and maybe with Tony Almerico), was too
young to be part of Armstrong's youth. He was Buglin' Sam Dekemel, who
according to Brian Wood was born in 1903. I heard Sam several times at
Sharkey's Sunday concerts in 1949. He played with great drive but
understandably kept things pretty elemental with tunes like Dinah and
I'll Be Glad When, etc., melodies that didn't call for much range and
didn't have lines that had several notes in them.
On Dec 31, 2006, at 4:49 PM, D and R Hardie wrote:
> Jelly Roll Morton called them Kress horns. You'll find
> illustration and excellent description via google at
> tcjs.org/pdf/Coda_Nov06.pdf . It's a review of a book Charles Suhor
> also reviewed on list recently. The waffle man mentioned was probably
> Buglin Sam The Waffle man who played a bugle on his father's waffle
> cart. He recorded with a white band later- Sharkey Bonano or Wingy
> Mannone I think - Bill Haesler will know. BTW I do not concur with the
> assessment of Buddy Bolden mentioned in the review.
> Dan Hardie
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