Uptown Jazz

Uptown Jazz
  1. Canal Street Blues 0:00

  2. Over The Waves 0:00

  3. Red Man Blues 0:00

  4. Meat On The Table 0:00

  5. Hello Bluebird 0:00

  6. Oriental Jazz 0:00

  7. Where Did You Stay Last Night? 0:00

  8. Perdido Street Blues 0:00

  9. She's Cryin' For Me 0:00

  10. It's Jam Up 0:00

  11. Alligator Hop 0:00

  12. High Society 0:00

  13. Livery Stable Blues 0:00

  14. San Antonio Shout 0:00

  15. New Orleans Stomp 0:00

  16. New Orleans Wiggle 0:00

  17. Sweet Lovin' Man 0:00

  18. Georgia Swing 0:00

  19. Yama Yama Man 0:00

  20. Jungle Blues 0:00

NOTES by S. Frederick Starr. 

Casual musical tourists to New Orleans invariably focus their attention on the French Quarter. More knowledgeable jazz fans, especially those who have read what passes for the history of the music, understand that there also exists an area called "Uptown." The inhabitants of "Uptown" are said to have been hard living and hard playing Blacks from the countryside, in contrast to the refined Creoles of color who lived downriver from Canal Street.

Unfortunately, this distinction is more tidy than accurate. Creoles of color were by no means so effete musically; one of their number, Sidney Bechet, was among the most raucous pioneer jazzmen. And if the uptown "black Storyville" was a rough place that gave rise to rough music, it has served a useful purpose.

This Uptown-Downtown dichotomy is attractive but false. Yet in highlighting the large area of Uptown New Orleans and in suggesting that this area, too, played a role in the creation of jazz music, it has served a useful purpose.

In light of the great diversity of bands and styles presented on this album, what, if anything, characterizes New Orleans' musical Uptown as a whole? Surely, its chief hallmark is precisely this diversity. Rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white, Creole and country - all groups were represented. Each helped to shape jazz.

Thus, it was in the Uptown area that jazz underwent the process of adoption and development that enabled it to reach out to people of all cultures throughout the world. Uptown New Orleans was no melting pot, but a kind of gumbo, with many distinct elements contributing to a single rich flavor.

PERSONNEL: Eddie Bayard, cornet; Fred Starr, clarinet, C-melody, soprano and tenor sax; Fred Lonzo, trombone; John Royen, piano; John Chaffe, banjo, guitar, mandolin; Sherwood Mangiapane, string bass; Walter Payton Jr., sousaphone; John Joyce, drums; Leroy Jones Jr., trumpet; Curtis Jerde, helicon. CREDITS: Recording dates - May/June 1982,June 1983; Location - Knight Studios, Metairie LA; Thee Studios, Slidell LA.