Re: Why do we know so little about Odell Rand?
- Thank you to Howard. I see, once again, the by-now expected anomalies
and contradictions regarding birthdates, but we do now have Alabama as
a probable birthplace for Rand. No doubt had he come from New Orleans
the details of his early career would have been gathered more
assiduously. In an interview published in the 1970s Dick Allen talks
about how he heard some similarities in Rand's playing to that of Emile
Barnes. Allen asked Barnes about this, but Barnes said that he had
never heard of Rand.
Thanks also to Wouter for listing those musicians with whom Rand
recorded. He was certainly in demand.
Michael: the photograph you describe is what I had to go on when saying
that he had worked with Natty Dominique. I also own a handbill
advertising a residency that Natty's band played in Chicago. Rand is
listed in the personnel, which also includes Preston Jackson and Baby
Dodds. It's not dated, but I think it's from the early 1950s.
- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Robert Greenwood"
> Thank you to Howard. I see, once again, the by-now expected anomalies
> and contradictions regarding birthdates, but we do now have Alabama
> a probable birthplace for Rand.Oops! Sorry, Howard! You did say in your e-mail that Rand was born in
Illinois and that it was his parents who were from Alabama. Can we
conclude, then, that in Rand we have an instance of a musician not born
in the south but whose style derives from having heard ex-pat New
Orleanians in Chicago?