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Whiteman's Wang Wang Blues

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  • Andrew Homzy
    Does anyone know if a notated transcription of Whiteman s Wang Wang Blues exists? Also - Is there anything in the jazz literature which makes reference to
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2011
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      Does anyone know if a notated transcription of Whiteman's "Wang Wang Blues" exists?

      Also -

      Is there anything in the jazz literature which makes reference to the similarity between "Wang Wang Blues" and "Canal Street Blues"?

      Were KOCJB listening to Whiteman's record?


      From the Wikipedia -

      One of the Whiteman Orchestra's early hit records, as well as one of the unfortunately few recordings where Mueller can be heard prominently, is The Wang Wang Blues which Mueller dominates in a style similar to Larry Shields while somewhat foreshadowing the early work of Sidney Bechet.

      While Mueller shares composer credit on "Wang Wang", some of his New Orleans contemporaries said the number was all his and he had featured it before joining Whiteman.
      As Paul Whiteman started taking himself more seriously and began demanding arrangements with little room for improvisation, Mueller left the band in November 1920, saying "You call yourselves a jazz band, but you can't play the blues worth a damn".


      Cheers,

      Andrew

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