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Lot #637
Nick LaRocca Typed Letter Signed on the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

The 'father of modern jazz' weighs in on the history of "the Original Dixieland Jazz Band"

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The 'father of modern jazz' weighs in on the history of "the Original Dixieland Jazz Band"

Jazz cornetist and trumpeter (1889-1961), who was the proud leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Being a part of one of the first recorded jazz bands, he also composed one of the first-and-greatest jazz classics of all time, 'Tiger Rag.' TLS signed "D. Jas. Nick LaRocca," one page, 8.5 x 11, August 22, 1958. Letter to bandleader Phil Napoleon. In part: "Last month I was speaking to Mr. Brunn who is [in] the process of writing a book on the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, History, and I had told him I wanted the Memphis Five included into this book, just to prove to the public that this music did not exist with any other band from New Orleans, That you and the Indiana Five had played Jazz before the negros or the white men from New orleans came to New York City…I have up held the Name of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band Led By self to the Highest Ideals, I was very much surprised at Edwards Shields and Sbarbaro Joining the New Orleans Jazz Club, who was Jazz Band led by me, Which is History which in the end must come out." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #694 - Ended June 12, 2024

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