Sonny Greer and others Acquisition; only
with unknown interviewer Greer interview has
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Cassette Side a
Dunbar Hotel--being asked to sing--the "kitty"--tipping--"Blanket of Blue"--"The Object of My Affection"--recording--Louisiana and Texas--traveling on the road with the Imperials--roadhouses--a hair-raising story.
Hayes Pillars (baritone sax)
Chattanooga--the Dent Hotel--getting meals--the sax players--pawning a sax to get to the next engagement in Alabama--joining Johnny Brown's band--getting two cars and touring Mississippi--going to Chicago--joining Alphonso Trent's band--playing in Texas and on the radio--writing arrangements collectively--members of the band--brother joined band.
Sonny Greer pp. 1-2
Cotton Club radio broadcasts--the classy presentation--traveling by Pullman car--carried lights, stage--costumes--living in the Pullman car--"the Ellington band was legendary"--
Cassette Side b:
Sonny Greer (continued) pp. 3-5
"Sophisticated Lady"--"Mood Indigo"--Cotton Club--Duke and Sonny--the racketeers--the first Cotton Club show--opening night--the Cotton Club Girls.
Arthur Briggs (trumpet) [February 25, 1982, Paris]
mistake in contract resulting in money--playing with Marion Cook's band in England (1919)--salaries--the arrangements--the band broke up--Bechet joined Bennie Peyton and Buddy Gilmore.
Bill ?? (banjo, cornet, and mellophone)
Grandmother buying cornet--copying Louie Conico's solos in the wrong keys--playing banjo and cornet at Hamilton Lake (1921)--the Sunday School Orchestra--giving up horn to grandmother--the Ohio Lucky Seven--playing in armories--starting on mellophone.
Playing with Fred Waring--inspired by John Kirby and Billy Taylor Sr.--with Tina Bradshaw (1934)--played with Les Robinson at Club Harlem--Catskills replacing Erskine Hawkins' rhythm section with Fathead Laurence--came to New York--met Serious Miley's--got a job with Billy Hicks and His Sizzling Six.