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TadJones,Jazz Writer and Historian BORN: New Orleans, September 19,195* Interviewed at Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University, November zooz I've beengoing toparades since about ip6p. I metJules Cahn that way. I "was doing research on the Mardi GrasIndians, andJules was very involvedwith that; he knew agreat deal about the various tribes. He was agreat cultural voyeur—always at theparades on Sundays, with his camera. He didn't leave any books or memoirs—I wish he had—but he did leave us hisphotographs, and they're at the Historic New OrleansCollection. He lived on Versailles, and I lived on Belfast Street, so we were only six blocks away from each other. Often we'd go toparades together. He had very broadtastes,and he liked a lot of different people. Jules was afriend of Danny Barker's, and I'm sure he knew the musiciansfrom the Fairview band. He told me about the Hurricane Brass Band when it started, and we went to hear them a couple of times. They wereyoung and inexperienced; it wasyoung, raw, energetic.They weren't trying to do anything new and different—they had come up with Danny, so they were trying to stick to the old traditions. The musicians from that band wereprobably the last influence from Danny's era. The cutoff is really in the eighties , with the Rebirth and Dirty Dozen; by that stage,the tradition had really gone. At somepoint,Jules said, out of thegoodness of his heart (he waspersonally wealthy, owned Dixie Lumber Mill and a lot of property in the French Quarter), "I'd like to make a record of the Hurricane band, but I don't want to spend a lot of money on a fancy studio." I told him I had a reel-to-reel tape recorder;it was stereo,agood solid machine. We went out to his brother's house,out on Lakeview. Wehadfood and drinks, and we set the band up in a corner and balanced the sound. Westarted in the afternoon. I'd switch on the tape,point at them, and shout, "Take One!" That was thefirst time I'd done anything like that. After aboutthreehours, we'd recorded the whole album. I think we issued everythingfrom the session.It was to help promote the band at the time. I'm sure they didn't press more than a thousand copies. I remember thinking that the testpressing sounded pretty good, considering it had been done in someone's house, on a home tape recorder. 61 LINER NOTES FROM LeroyJones and His Hurricane Marching Brass Band of New Orleans R E C O R D E D MARCH I AND 2, 1975 Personnel Charles Barbarinjr., bass drum. Joseph Charles [Torregano], clarinet . LeroyJonesJr., trumpet and leader. Darryl Adams,alto saxophone. Lucien Barbarin, trombone. MichaelJohnson, trombone. AnthonyLacen, sousaphone. Henry Freeman, tenor saxophone. Gregory Davis, trumpet. Gregory Vaughn [Gregg Stafford], trumpet. RaymondJohnson Jr., snare drum. Titles "Little LizaJane," "Bourbon Street Parade," "Leroy's Special," "Oh, Didn't He Ramble," "Closer Walk with Thee," "The Saints Go Marching In," "Nearer My God to Thee," "Joe Avery's Tune," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic ," "Olympia Special." 62 KEEPING THE BEAT ON THE STREET ...


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