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New Orleans Clarinet Origins

By Evan / February 25, 2019

​The ​New Orleans trumpet ​man lifts his horn to his face. He casually sounds a short call and scans the bandstand. Only the drummer ​responds with a nod ​and shifts ​in his ​seat​. Then, looking straight ahead, the trumpet player inhales​, his right heel meets the floor twice​, and ​he starts to play. ​But Whoa! […]

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MEET SOME CLARINET HEROES

By Matt / February 16, 2019

Barney Bigard (1906-1980)​Over fifteen years as a member of Duke Ellington’s band, and nearly fifteen with Louis Armstrong, Albany “Barney” Bigard, had one of the most enviable careers in early jazz. He grew up a block from the legendary “Perserverence Hall” in the Creole 7th Ward, in a neighborhood full of musicians. His style is […]

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NEW ORLEANS MUSIC HISTORY

By Matt / January 17, 2019

The PlayersIn this section, you can find some short riffs about some of the great stylists of the New Orleans clarinet. There’s also a few clarinetists in the jazz canon and other ethnic traditions. They’re included for their fiercely personal approaches. I hope you will be inspired! Clarinet Heroes The SongsIn this section, I’ve created […]

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