THOSE OTHER NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS
 BIODISCOGRAPHIES

 

“DON ALBERT”,”EDDIE ATKINS”,”JOE AVERY”,”CHARLES BOCAGE”,”SIDNEY BROWN”,”RAYMOND BURKE”,”LEE COLLINS”,”ERNEST COYCAULT”,”PERCY DARENSBURG”,”NATTY DOMINIQUE”,”PETER DUCONGE”,”ROY EVANS”,”CIE FRAZIER”,”OCTAVE GASPARD”,”FRANK GOUDIE”,”TUBBY HALL”,”ANDREW HILAIRE”,”CHARLIE JACKSON”,”JIMMIE JOHNSON”,”CLIFFORD JONES”,”WILLIE JOSEPH”,”GUY KELLY”,”KID SHOTS MADISON”,”JOHN MARRERO”,”AL MORGAN”,”EDGAR MOSLEY”,”ARNETT NELSON”,”ROY PALMER”,”FRANK PASLEY”,”ZUE ROBERTSON”,”ERNEST ROGERS”,”ALBERT SNAER”,”BOB THOMAS”,”WILBERT TILLMAN”,”EDDIE VINCENT”,”GENE WARE”,”WADE WHALEY”,”JIM WILLIGAN”,”AL WYNN”,”BERNIE YOUNG”

 

This is a look at some New Orleans musicians (i.e. musicians born in or near New Orleans or who moved to New Orleans at an early age and "learnt their trade" in New Orleans) who, in the opinion of the writers, have received less attention than they merit in recent years or whose recording careers are obscure.

Our choice of musicians is open-ended. If we feel that a musician merits more attention than he or she has hitherto received we will try to put that right by including him or her in our list. We are already working on a number of other musicians who will appear on the list at intervals including a group of piano players. Our aim is to make these players more accessible by listing all their recordings whether or not they were issued. Unissued sessions have a habit of turning up years after the event so, with one or two exceptions, should never be written off. George Buck has acquired a number of catalogues and is gradually issuing previously unissued sessions or sessions unavailable for a long time from the likes of Southland. We eagerly await his future offerings.

Some musicians on our list are still being researched by a number of musical scholars (and ourselves!) so we do not claim that this is the last word in many cases. We regard this as a co-operative venture which embraces all those with a love of New Orleans music and we welcome corrections/additions to the information presented and suggestions as to musicians that might be added to the list.

We are indebted to those who have trodden this path before us - people like Brian Rust, Dave Carey, W Bruyninckx, Tom Lord, Christopher Hillman, Alan Barrel, John Chilton, Alyn Shipton, Paige Van Vorst, Jempi de Donder and a whole host of others who have researched the careers of individual musicians and published the results of their research, often in specialist magazines such as down beat, Footnote and New Orleans Music. It would be remiss of us not to mention the Storyville Team whose contribution to the body of knowledge of New Orleans music is immense.

Many of the recordings listed are available on microgroove and/or CD. The chances of coming across an original 78rpm issue are remote as these are mostly in the hands of collectors. Our approach is to quote the matrix number and original 78rpm issue number in order to precisely identify the recording in the case of recordings in the 78rpm era (roughly up to the early fifties) and wherever possible to quote the numbers of CD and microgroove releases. LP and EP issues are the most difficult to track down. Any help you can give in listing issues will be much appreciated.

Brian Legan and John Rothwell

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