Note: Glenny and Bechet talk about the "main idea in jazz." "Just watch me" -- the importance of being sensitive to the musicians one plays with and the importance of improvisation – much more important to jazz as a "feeling" than being able to read music.
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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