In tribute to CONGO SQUARE & STORYVILLE in New Orleans!
The initial start of CONGO SQUARE in New Orleans
Charles Joseph "B" Bolden (FAR RIGHT) (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African-American cornetist who was regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of ragtime music, or "jass", which later came to be known as jazz.
The Start of Jazz
"The Eagle Band", South Rampart Street, New Orleans, February 1916. Edmond Hall, clarinet; Frankie Duson, trombone; Chinee Foster, drums; Buddie Petit, cornet; Lorenzo Staultz, guitar; Dandy Lewis, string bass.
The Eagle Band, (formerly The Buddy Bolden Band) was an American Jazz Band during the Ragtime and early Jazz periods, (1877-1931), stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. The instruments of the band were clarinet, drums, trombone, trumpet, guitar and strong bass, with one person on instrument. The Band was originally known as The Buddy Bolden Band, under the direction of B Bolden, from 1895 to 1906. On Sept 3rd, 1906 (LABOR DAY WEEKEND PARADE), while playing in the Labor Day Parade with his band, Buddy Bolden suffered a memorable breakdown which instituted staggering out of the marching formation and screaming. He was removed from the parade ranks and would permanently resign from the band.
After the resignation of Bolden, Frank Dusen would lead the band and change the name from The Buddy Bolden Band to the Eagle Band, named after the Eagle Salon on the corner of Perdido and Rampart streets,. The Band maintained popularity it had as before. Similar to the Hard Bop combo, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, which would emerge in decades to come.
The Eagle Band would serve as a stepping-stone for many prominent Hot Jazz players during the Early Jazz period. The Eagle Band was known as a very authentic, poignant band known for its ability to play slow gut-wrenching blues.
New Orleans, Louisiana
TOP: King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band poses for a studio group shot in the early 1920s, with (from left) Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong (kneeling in foreground with trombone), Lil Harding, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds. Photo: JP Jazz Archive/Redferns. BOTTOM: Trumpeter, bandleader and singer Armstrong was an important innovator of early jazz. He introduced many contemporary popular songs to the jazz world that are now considered standards. Photo from the U.S. Library of Congress via Wikimedia
Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong, in "Farewell to Storyville". Storyville is part of the 6th Ward in New Orleans. After the evictions, the Jazz musicians scattered world-wide and brought Jazz to the world. Later the area was transformed into the French Quarter (Vieux Carre). The name Jazz was discovered in this specific area. The musicians smelled the perfume of one of the ladies of the night. She had jazmine perfume on, so they decided to call the music "jass", but latter changed it to "JAZZ".
Under The Spanish Occupation in the Louisiana Territory, 1700s, before the Louisiana Purchase
The Buddy Bolden Band
Mamie Smith "The Crazy Blues": 10 Aug 1920. The Jazz Hounds "Crazy Blues" the first Blues Record.
Kansas City and The Clouds of Joy
Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie
San Francisco, Oakland area, The Fillmore Jazz Scene
The Neville Brothers
The influencing of Disco
The Cross Over Era in Jazz
Heading into a New Century and still kicking it Hard, over 100 years....
"Never to Be Forgotten, created by a determined people for the world to enjoy. Conditions did not alter their courage, desire and fortitude and outstanding spirit of self, Ancestors, we are proud of what you have brought to the World"
Real World EDA
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901. He was raised by his mother Mayann in a neighborhood so dangerous it was called “The Battlefield.”
He only had a fifth-grade education, dropping out of school early to go to work. An early job working for the Jewish Karnofsky family allowed Armstrong to make enough money to purchase his first cornet.
Narrated by Wynton Marsalis