[Dixielandjazz] Older musicians in early jazz bands

Don Ingle dingle at nomadinter.net
Fri Jan 5 14:45:51 PST 2007

Audrey Van Dyke wrote:
> I got a piece of 1921 sheet music in the mail today - "The All Star Jazz 
> Band Blues" by Cecil C. Nixon, featured by the All Star Jazz Band, 
> published by Nixon Music House in Whitefish, Montana.  It has a  large 
> photo of the band on the front cover - one of those usual silly 1920's 
> band photos with five guys in clown suits, a drum, a piano, a violin, a 
> tenor sax and a banjo.  One of the  main  categories of sheet music I 
> collect is the 20's sheets with band inset photos.  I've seen hundreds 
> of them by now, and  one thing they all have in common, whether  well 
> known  or obscure, is  the hopeful young faces staring out at you.  This 
> one was different - it strikes you immediately that two of the 
> clown-suited musicians are probably in their sixties.  It got me 
> wondering what other older musicians might have played in the early 
> 1920's jazz bands.  Not taught the kids who were in the bands, but 
> actually were a part of a band calling itself a jazz band, to the point 
> of being pictured with the band..  Anyone know of any other examples?
> Audrey Van Dyke
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I do know that Ray Brown, the fine bassist with Gene Goldkette, (his 
slap bass solo on My Pretty Gam is a master's course in how to do it 
right) was called "Pappy" and was older than the others on the band by 
some years. (My dad was only 19 when he joined Goldkette).  Ray was the 
brother of New Orleans trombonist Tom Brown.
Don Ingle

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