The Loudest Trumpet
The Buddy Bolden Revival Orchestra
The Birth Of Jazz:
Reviving the Music of the Bolden Era
by Daniel Hardie
Published by iUniverse 2006
They were dancin' to the new fangled 'swing music' the Economy Hall in New Orleans
in 1903. It was a very rough place 'nobody took their hats off (some said that was so they
could get away if a fight broke out.
They were dancin' to the orchestra of Buddy 'King' Bolden - the latest hot ticket band playing
syncopation. Buddy Bolden was born in 1877 and by the time he was twenty he was leading the
first band to play jazz and the hot blues. Since then his combination of street songs and
popular music has become a worldwide phenomenon.
They say his band made, a wax cylinder recording before 1900 but it has never been found.
But what was the music like?
What dances were they doing?
How hot was the first jazz?
Was it like ragtime?
What is in the Book?
Precis and Table of Contents
The gripping story of the beginnings of jazz and its creators, The Birth Of Jazz: Reviving the Music of the Bolden Era describes music in New Orleans before the birth of jazz and show when and how the music changed. It explains what music the first jazz bands played and who their audiences were. It details how the author applied the results of his research to recreating the lost sounds of Elemental Jazz. It also contains performance guide for musicians wanting to play in the early jazz style.In The Birth Of Jazz: Reviving the Music of the Bolden Era you will find descriptions of his music and his times, and the story of the author's bid to recreate this first jazz music with contemporary instruments in the style of the times. You will read of Coon Songs, of Hot Quadrilles, of Vernacular Bawdy Songs, of Elemental Jazz and of The Buddy Bolden Revival Orchestra.
The List of Contents includes
the following chapter headings:
1 New Orleans and the Birth of JazzAppendix 1 Jelly Roll Morton’s demonstration of La Praline Quadrille
2 The Social Dance Evening
3 The Creators of Jazz
4 The Repertoire Part 1-
Popular Songs and Rags
5 The Repertoire Part 2
Black Vernacular Songs
6 How They Played
7 Reconstructing Elemental Jazz
8 Not Quite Ragtime
9 Historically Informed Performance
10 The Heritage of Elemental Jazz
11 Revivals in Retrospect
Appendix 2 A Guide to the Performance of Early Jazz Bibliography
Reviving the Music
In 2004 Daniel Hardie established a repertory orchestra to perform jazz as it was during its first ten years (1897/1907)
Information about the Buddy Bolden Revival Orchestra and its music can be accessed at the
Buddy Bolden Revival Orchestra Web Page
The Story of Buddy Bolden is told in The Loudest Trumpet: Buddy Bolden and The Early History of Jazz by Daniel Hardie
at the Loudest Trumpet Web Page. Other books by the author can be viewed via the Home Page
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