The Golden Age Of New Orleans-Vol. 2

The Golden Age Of New Orleans-Vol. 2

NOTES: Jazz began in New Orleans. Contrary to popular understanding, it did not go "up the river" to Chicago, for the Mississippi doesn't go near the Windy City. But as early as the 1920's, jazz did begin to evolve and change and has continued to do so ever since. Swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, and free jazz each followed in succession. Amidst these exciting transformations, the early days of the New Orleans pioneers were all but forgotten.

There are exceptions to be sure. Louis Armstrong, for one, remains alive in memory, as do a handful of others. But what of Armand J. Piron or Leon Rappolo? Or the fine players who made up the New Orleans Owls? Or the Halfway House Orchestra? These are scarcely household names! Oh yes, there are still some old timers in New Orleans who once danced to the music of these great players and who recall their names with a twinkle. And there are a few fanatically loyal record collectors worldwide. But beyond these limited circles, the Golden Age has slipped from memory.

In this collection, the renowned Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble of New Orleans offers a sampler of classic jazz from the heroic years before 1930. This was a period when few New Orleanians referred to the music as "jazz," preferring to describe it instead as "our dance music." And it was music for dancing - for stepping out with a Fox-Trot, Shimmy, Black Bottom, Turkey Trot, or one of the many other dance fads that swept the land. New Orleanians of all backgrounds were fanatical dancers. As the dance fashions changed, so did the music, at least in New Orleans. As early as 1915, the city's Creoles, Anglo-Saxons, African-Americans, Sicilians, Germans, and Jews were all head over heels in love with their city's new, syncopated music.

PERSONNEL: Fred Starr (leader), clarinet, tenor sax, C-melody sax; Joe Muranyi, clarinet, alto sax; Ray Taranto (guest), alto sax, clarinet; Lew Green, cornet; Willie Singleton,cornet; Tom Ebbert, trombone; John Chaffe, tenor banjo, plectrum banjo, six-string banjo; Terry Waldo, piano; John Joyce, drums; Tom Saunders, bass, tuba; Carol Leigh,guest vocalist. CREDITS: Recording date - June 25-27, 1995. Location - Fairfield University Quick Center, Fairfield, Connecticut. Produced by - Billy Terrell and Joe Tarsia for After Hours Productions, Inc. Graphic Design by - Nikita Pristouris & Vincent Sorce.