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Re: [RedHotJazz] Keppard- Graham

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  • Bob Eagle
    Elwood Graham was born in Illinois during April 1897, a son of Maurice Graham (janitor, born in Indiana in 1852) and his wife Fannie (born in Virginia in
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 20, 2010
      Elwood Graham was born in Illinois during April 1897, a son of Maurice Graham
      (janitor, born in Indiana in 1852) and his wife Fannie (born in Virginia in
      1862).  The family was in Jefferson Township, Cook County in 1900, and
      definitely in Chicago proper by 1910.  He seems not to be listed in the 1920
      census, but in 1930 he was at 6145 and a half (South) Indiana Avenue, a few
      doors down from Walter H. Dyett, the famed music teacher.  Elwood was single,
      and described as "Musician, Orchestra".

      Beyond that, in the inimitable words of Manuel, "I know nothing".

      Bob



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      From: Mordechai Litzman <folke613@...>
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Fri, 20 August, 2010 11:43:51 PM
      Subject: [RedHotJazz] Keppard- Graham

       
      In listening to the Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra sides from July 1926 I
      realized that I can clearly distinguish between two cornets on my new system.
      The second cornet player is listed as Elwood Graham. I always thought that the
      forceful cornet playing on these four sides was Freddie Keppard (especially
      around 2 min on Spanish Mama) but I saw somewhere that the lead is played by
      Graham with Freddie Keppard in the background.
      Elwood Graham is virtually unknown, and I cannot find much information about
      him.
      Does anybody know who is playing the lead on Spanish Mama, and is there any more

      information on Graham?
      (My apologies if this topic was covered previously, but I cannot recall such.)

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    • David Brown
      The trumpets can be heard in unison near the start of Spanish Mama . When they re-enter, Graham is playing lead and Keppard second although they nicely
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 23, 2010
        The trumpets can be heard in unison near the start of 'Spanish Mama'. When
        they re-enter, Graham is playing lead and Keppard second although they
        nicely interchange.

        Graham was no negligible player and well-matched with Keppard and there has
        always been confusion over identification on the Cooks. Rudi Blesh even used
        a misidentification of Elwood as Keppard to declare Keppard had influenced
        Bix.

        Elwood was also a wa-wa specialist and most of the wa-wa on the Cooks is
        his. On 'Scissor-Grinder Joe', 21 Jan 1924, the opening rather duwacky
        wa-wa is him and it is also he who returns in wa-wa from about 1-55 to 2-15
        when Keppard emerges also, unusually for him, in wa-wa, but much better.


        Dave






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