8012Re: [RedHotJazz] Introduction and question
- Mar 27, 2010As to recordings, any advance on Eureka Brass Band, December 1955 (New
Orleans Rarities 4)?
on 27/03/2010 01:36, Ken Gates at kwg28@... wrote:
>Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
> My first post. My first encounter with jazz was as a listener. Big band
> swing was
> the fashion---lots of it on the radio in the 40's when I was young---I lived
> in LA then
> and would travel on streetcars and buses to the Orpheum theater to hear the
> name bands as they alternated with a B movie. I discovered Bunk Johnson and
> Lewis by 1946 and became a dedicated mouldy figge for several years. Later I
> less restricted and now am a fan of just about any version of pre-bop jazz.
> I've tried to
> "dig" the "modern" forms but so far it hasn't rung my chimes. At age 70 I
> took up the
> clarinet and I play just well enough to sit in on jam sessions at a level
> where I can make
> a contribution without causing embarrassment.
> So much for that for now. I'm trying to track down when and where "Sweet
> Fields" was
> introduced into the trad jazz songlist. I assume it is a hymn. It shows up
> on an Eagle Brass
> Band recording I have of about 197x (I think). I've heard current bands such
> as Grand
> Dominion and New Black Eagle JB do it at festivals. A search of hymns on the
> shows one composed by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) that possibly is it. The lyrics
> to fit melody I've heard---but that seems like a long shot. My questions
> ...Is it a song from the church?
> ...Was it played by the very early brass bands of New Orleans?
> ...Who made the first jazz recording of it--and when?
> Thanks in advance for any information---
> Ken Gates Ventura, California
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