Note: Glenny names the musicians he thinks were the first hot players in New Orleans: Big Eye Louis Nelson, the first hot clarinet; Buddy Johnson or George Field(s?), the first hot trombonists. Glenny recalls playing as advertisements on furniture wagons, and he and Bechet discuss the bass players whom Glenny influenced.
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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