Note: Glenny recalls the bands he played with over the years: the Imperial, Superior, Golden Rule, and Tuexdo bands; those of Happy Galloway and A. J. Piron; and in a string orchestra with Hippolyte Charles ("not no jazz man, but a very good cornet player," Dr. Bechet says). Lomax asks when he first heard jazz, and Glenny tells him that he and Charles Edgar, a violinist, "started" it. Used to play bass drum in parades but got too old for it. Recalls playing at the Pig Ankle and the Big 25.
About the session: Interviews with Albert Glenny and Dr. Leonard Bechet. Albert Glenny (1870–1958) was a member of Buddy Bolden’s marching band (c. 1900) and played string bass with the bands of Kid Rena, Big Eye Louis Nelson, John Robichaux, and the Depression-era WPA Brass Band and ERA Orchestra. The box of the recording tape bears this description: “79, spry old gentleman, spots and freckles, eyebrows gone, toothless, his memory slow, eyes blurry and red, the slightly clawed fingers, clean, poor clothes, broken but polished shoes, quiet old fellow, looks 60.” Dr. Bechet was a trombonist, dentist, and older brother of renowned clarinetist Sidney Bechet. He led the Silver Bells Brass Band, featuring Sidney, until World War I and was a member of the Young Superior Brass Band in the 1920s. (See Lomax's interviews with Bechet with Glenny.)
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