[Dixielandjazz] Buglin Sam/ Kress Horns

mmckay macjazz at se.rr.com
Tue Jan 2 17:16:28 PST 2007

I'm sure it was a regular military bugle.  I played one with the Boy Scouts.
There was nothing special about it.
Martin McKay (Designated listener)


From: D and R Hardie [mailto:darnhard at ozemail.com.au] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 5:21 PM
To: macjazz at se.rr.com
Cc: 'Charles Suhor'; 'DJML mail list'; Lutemann at aol.com
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Buglin Sam/ Kress Horns

Hi all,
As Charles has pointed out Buglin' Sam was probably too young to have
influenced Armstrong but for those interested there is a photo of him on the
waffle wagon in Rose and Souchon's New Orleans Jazz a Family Album. He
played what looks like an ordinary US army bugle more like a trumpet then
the British Army one. The drawing of the Kress horn on the Coda magazine
website I referred to in a previous posting seems a bit exaggerated but it
does give the general idea.
Dan Hardie

On Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at 01:11 AM, mmckay wrote:

I also grew up with the Waffle man who used to come by my elementary school
and would hit a few licks. My folks (who were # 1 Sharkey fans) took me
down to hear him several times.

He recorded with several of the New Orleans groups. Lords puts him with
Tony Almerico (Dot 15080) and Dixieland 1007 & 8. with Sharkey (Cook 10" LP
1181) Capitol H/T 367, Capitol 2329. Under his own name on Cap 793 and on
the Dixieland Jubilee label with George Girard DJ 502. There are several
more, but those are all in my library and pretty much still in circulation.

Martin McKay (Designated listener)

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[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Charles Suhor
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 11:40 PM
To: D and R Hardie
Cc: DJML mail list; Lutemann at aol.com
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] history buffs/ Kress Horns

Hello, Dan--

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.


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