By Danny Barker
Somebody who spent each time round the New Orleans jazz scene understands that Danny Barker was once the dwelling voice of the track. earlier than his loss of life, Danny constantly peppered his live shows along with his highly spiced, insightful anecdotes (true in which means if now not in each fact). This booklet brings jointly a few of his tales established round blood brother Bolden (The "Father" of Jazz) and Storyville. His voice comes via robust and humorous, simply as he spoke in existence. Factually, it's not that i am yes of the accuracy of these kind of tales, yet not anything catches the flavour of early New Orleans jazz like Danny Barker. we all who had the excitement to grasp him leave out him, this booklet reminds us why we enjoyed him loads. He nonetheless teaches us.
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Dan, another thing, he always talked soft and easy and did not ignore no woman no matter how ugly she was. "One night I saw him dedicate a tune to a woman. She looked like a dressed-up bear and he kissed her in the mouth 'cause it was her birthday. When the crowd saw that, they was for him, more so 'cause he wasn't a prejudiced person. That put all them crowjanes, alleybats and strumpets right in his corner, and those were the majority of women who came to Lincoln Park. "I used to love going to Lincoln Park on Monday nights because on Monday nights, all them pretty whores would come to the park all dressed up with their pimps and madames.
Buddy Bolden very slowly stropped his razor and prepared the mug of shaving lather. He shaved Pickett three times and he perfumed him sweetly and lathered his face again each time he shaved him. ' "Bolden said, 'After this shave you won't need no more/ "The people in the shop watched nervously. When Bolden went to the facebowl to make more lather Pickett jumped right out of the chair, burst open the doors and ran in the street, screaming, 'The man is crazy! ' At a safe distance he kept screaming and pointing at the barber shop.
That would sorta embarrass those women. I did not like to see him do that, because even a dog deserves a smile. For that reason, especially, I was not too fond of Dusen, yet it was nice how he told 42 A Memory of King Bolden Bolden he was still boss of the band. "But the people of Lincoln Park would never hear Bolden's horn again. "That little meeting at Bolden's shop was on a Monday night and the next day, Tuesday, Bolden went across the river to Algiers, Louisiana, to play a funeral for a deceased member of the Young Friends of Honor Society.
Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville by Danny Barker