Alphonse Picou and Paul Dominguez 4/49

Interviews with clarinetist Alphonse Picou and Paul Dominguez, Jr.; with several fragments of "La Misere" sung by Picou's brother Ulysseus. Clarinetist Picou (1878-1961) is best remembered for his solo in “High Society”, a song widely held to be pivotal in the evolution of early jazz. He played in Freddie Keppard's Olympia Orchestra, the Excelsior, Columbia, and Tuxedo brass bands, and his own Independence Band. Dominguez (c. 1888-c. 1978) was a Creole violinist and guitarist who played in many Storyville cabarets and with Louis Armstrong in 1923 at Anderson’s on Rampart Street. A one-time concert musician, he considered himself and his father, bass player Paul Dominguez, Sr., to be "real musicians [who] were all educated in music and knew [their] instruments” — as opposed to the "rough element” of black Uptown that played by ear and did not read music."

Interview with Alphonse Picou about the first blues and the Coon Blues

Coon Blues (false start)

Coon Blues

Introduction to High Society by Alphonse Picou

High Society (I)

High Society (II)

Interview with Alphonse Picou and Paul Dominguez, Jr., about playing hot and Buddy Bolden

Introduction to La Misere

La Misere (I)

La Misere (fragment) (I)

La Misere (fragment) (II)

La Misere (II)

Translation of La Misere

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