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  Nick LaRocca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dominic James "Nick" La Rocca (New Orleans, Louisiana April 11, 1889 - New Orleans February 22, 1961) was an early jazz trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band.
Young Nick was attracted to the music of the brass bands in New Orleans and covertly taught himself to play cornet against the wishes of his father who hoped his son would go into a more prestigious profession.
In the 1950s he started writing numerous vehement letters to newspapers, radio, and television shows, stating that he was the true and sole inventor of jazz music, and that those who claimed that the music had Negro origins were part of a Communist conspiracy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nick_LaRocca   (781 words)

 Original Dixieland Jass Band - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Trumpeter Nick LaRocca convinced himself, in his old age, that this was literally true, but there is no evidence from the interviews and writings of the other O.D.J.B. members that the rest of the band ever considered it anything more than a snappy advertising slogan.
LaRocca and Nunez had personality conflicts, and on October 30 Tom Brown's Band and the ODJB mutually agreed to switch clarinetists, bringing Larry Shields into the Original Dixieland Jass Band.
LaRocca decided to take the band to London, where they would once again enjoy being the only authentic New Orleans jazz band in the metropolis, and again present themselves as the Originators of Jazz.
www.sterlingheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Original_Dixieland_Jazz_Band   (1176 words)

 Nick LaRocca Story
LaRocca, not yet fifty years old, with wavy hair, elegant and perfect dancer; she, 30 years younger (but already divorced and mother of a daughter, Virginia, 3 and a half years old), was working as a waitress at “Meal-A-Mint”, a restaurant of Carondelet Street.
Here Nick LaRocca, for many years carried on the activity of building contractor until the minimum limit pension (65 years), suffering from heart since 1958, year when he had to be admitted urgently to an hospital for an attack of angina pectoris.
Giuseppe LaRocca, Mayor of Salaparuta and Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo.
www.odjb.com /NickLaRoccaStory.htm   (2246 words)

 Nick La Rocca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nick La Rocca claimed to have invented Jazz and often complained that African-American musicians have been given too much credit for the birth of Jazz.
He was so obnoxious about this, that many people tend to try and overlook the important contributions he made to the music and the role that the Original Dixieland Jass Band played in popularizing Jazz around the world.
Nick started playing with the Papa Laine's Reliance Brass Band in New Orleans.
www.redhotjazz.com /larocca.html   (349 words)

 American Big Band Biographies - "O" Listings Continued   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was a three story building that had famed vaudevillian Gus Edwards and his review on the first floor; The ODJB and their hot jazz on the second floor, and Emil Coleman's orchestra on the third floor, where the restaurant's society patrons could dine and dance the night away.
Nick La Rocca was active in music until 1938, when he became a building contractor (while writing music on the side).
Nick's son - still in New Orleans - is very active and carrys on the tradition.
nfo.net /.WWW/o4.html   (1052 words)

 ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Shields was the best musician (Barney Bigard played his solo on Duke Ellington's 'Tiger Rag' '29) and LaRocca was an influence on the very young Bix Beiderbecke; as an ensemble the ODJB established enduring patterns.
Russ Morgan on trombone; LaRocca, Shields and Sbarbaro were reunited in a 14-piece band and with Edwards as the Original Dixieland Five on Victor '36.
LaRocca had copyrighted 'Tiger Rag', 'Fidgety Feet' and other New Orleans classics; interviewed by Leonard Feather '36, he believed that white musicians had made the worthwhile music and fl musicians had learned it from them (described by Feather in The Jazz Years '86).
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/o/O33.HTM   (342 words)

 Nunez in Chicago, 1917-1918   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In light of Nick LaRocca's notorious repeated insistance that African-Americans had nothing to do with the early days of jazz, it's interesting to note that covers like this were common on early hot numbers even when the composers were Whites.
At a time when "jazz" was still considered a rather improper word, a case with various "jazz musicians" who by their own admission couldn't even read music, and were fighting over a tune with animal immitation effects was concidered amusing.
The trial left Nick LaRocca with a deep grudge against Nunez that he was to carry for the rest of his life.
www.geocities.com /infrogmation/NuChi.html   (2011 words)

 Frank Christian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Christian initially agreed and rehearsed with the band before it left for the north, but then backed down as he had a full schedular of job offers in New Orleans and thought this less risky than leaving town.
Christian was replaced by Nick LaRocca, and thus Frank Christian missed his chance to be in the Original Dixieland Jass Band which made the first jazz recordings in 1917.
When Christian arrived in New York, Nick LaRocca of the Original Dixieland Jass Band was concerned about competition and offered Christian $200 and a return railway ticket to go back to New Orleans; Christian turned the offer down.
www.sterlingheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Frank_Christian   (448 words)

 Re: On Nick Larocca adn the ODJB   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nick Larocca was one of many Italian musicians who contributed in a major way to the evolution of jazz music.
Larocca happened to be one of the first.
It is interesting that if Jelly Roll Morton claims that he 'invented' jazz, well, it's all rather charming but if Nick Larocca claims that he invented jazz, he is a racial bigot.
www.mississippirag.com /ragboardARCH/messages/227.html   (188 words)

 Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Blake Pontchartrain 08 27 02
The group's leader was Dominick James "Nick" LaRocca, born on April 11, 1889.
Nick formed the ODJB in 1916 and claimed that he "invented" jazz.
Nick died in 1961, but the "new" ODJB is alive and well, led by his son Jimmy, who is continuing the tradition.
www.bestofneworleans.com /dispatch/2002-08-27/blake.html   (705 words)

 New Orleans Jazz - Present ODJB
Under the leadership of Nick LaRocca the group performed many prominent engagements from 1916 to 1926 and 1936 to 1938 with key performances in Chicago, New York and London.
Nick LaRocca’s son, Jimmy LaRocca, is an accomplished trumpeter, vocalist and leader and has performed on and off since the 1970’s using the name of "Original Dixieland Jazz Band" sparingly.
Jimmy LaRocca restates the intensity of all the New Orleans great trumpet players when New Orleans was a hotbed of jazz in the 1950's.
members.aol.com /ODJBjazz/presentodjb.html   (1603 words)

 Original Dixieland Jass Band biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In early 1916 a promoter from Chicago aproached clarinetist Alcide Nunez and drummer Johnny Stein about bringing a New Orleans style band to Chicago, where a similar band led by trombonist Tom Brown was already enjoying success.
Since Stein as leader was the only musician under contract by name, the rest of the band broke off, sent to New Orleans for drummer Tony Sbarbaro, and on June 5 started playing renamed as The Dixie Jass Band.
Back in New Orleans, LaRocca licensed bandleader Phil Zito to use the ODJB name for many years.
original-dixieland-jazz-band.biography.ms   (1014 words)

 Italy performance
In the summer of 2000 a concert was presented in the town of Partanna, Sicily in Italy.
In Salaparuta they have a beautiful marble concert hall named the "Nick LaRocca Concert Hall" where one of three bronze busts of Nick LaRocca is on display.
Jimmy LaRocca and Mayor of Salaparuta; Signor Michele Saitta standing with the bronze bust of Jimmy's father, Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca in the Nick LaRocca Concert Hall - Salaparuta, Sicily.
www.odjb.com /italy_performance.htm   (400 words)

 Tiger Rag   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
According to Nick LaRocca, it was written by Nick LaRocca.
To be a bit less flip, it seems that the tune that became known as Tiger Rag, or at least some of the strains of the number, were known in New Orleans before Nick LaRocca and his Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded and copyrighted the number in 1918.
While I'm scheptical of LaRocca's claim to have written "Tiger Rag", I believe in giving credit where it's due: I agree with Louis Armstrong's assesment that the ODJB's recording of Tiger Rag is "still the best".
www.geocities.com /infrogmation/Tiger.html   (610 words)

 Original Dixieland Jass Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Original Dixieland Jass Band (after mid 1917 spelling changed to Jazz) was a New Orleans band, first ever to make a jazz recording in 1917 and the first jazz band to achieve widespread prominence.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band are often known by their initials, the O.D.J.B. Shown are (left to right) Tony Sbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo) on drums; Edwin "Daddy" Edwards on trombone; D. James "Nick" LaRocca on cornet; Larry Shields on clarinet, and Henry Ragas on piano.
In early 1916 a promoter from Chicago aproached clarinetist Alcide Nunez and drummer Johnny Stein[?] about bringing a New Orleans style band to Chicago, where a similar band lead by trombonist Tom Brown was already enjoying success.
www.city-search.org /or/original-dixieland-jass-band.html   (1352 words)

 Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage Artist Details: Original Dixieland Jazz Band
In 1917, under the leadership of Nick LaRocca, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band is back in full swing under the direction of the original leader’s son, Jimmy LaRocca, on trumpet and vocals, with a fine ensemble of New Orleans musicians.
LaRocca and the band are dedicated to jazz education through clinics, lectures and workshops.
www.kennedy-center.org /programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=ORIGDIXJAZ   (244 words)

 First Jazz Record of All?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I am uncertain as to what the origin of this legend is; there seems to be nothing in the late Nick LaRocca's files to uphold it, and those files are minutely documented accounts of everything the band did.
It certainly seems very unlikely that carpenters building shelves in a recording studio would be allowed to continue while a recording session was in progress, no matter what the nature of the performance might be.
In the light of this discovery, it is evident that with their usual go-getter methods, Victor secured the services of the band for a test session on February 26, 1917, that it passed this test and the results issued with incredible speed under date of March 7.
www.hensteeth.com /e_discog/firstjaz.html   (779 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
The original members of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, all from New Orleans, were Nick LaRocca (leader and comet), Larry Shields (clarinet), Eddie Edwards (trombone), Tony Sbarbaro (drums), and Henry Ragas (who was replaced by J. Russel Robinson, piano).
The group presented a new sound rather than a new music; this sound, and the rhythms in which it was couched, appealed to young dancers, who were eager to break away from the rigidly formal dance steps of the era.
The most passionate advocate of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's importance to jazz history was LaRocca himself, who never ceased claiming that his band had played a vital role in the "invention" of jazz in New Orleans during the early years of the 20th century.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_original_dixieland_jazz_band.htm   (392 words)

 THE ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JASS BAND (ODJB)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
LaRocca wrote to Edwards on November 8, 1929, "Ed, I want you to look up Max Hart and see if he will sign the Dixieland one step to one of us so we can get behind the publisher to settle up with us, on royalty due [to the] band.
Summarizing what LaRocca recalled in the 1950s of earlier times, Brunn states on page 188 of The Story of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, "Edwards was clowning...and every direction or suggestion [LaRocca] made was met with a juicy 'razzberry' from the mischievous trombonist." Brunn's reference to Edwards' tendency to give a "razzberry" may be misleading.
LaRocca's claims around this time to be sole composer of most ODJB numbers also infuriated the others, who maintained that the early numbers had been collaborative efforts.
www.garlic.com /~tgracyk/odjb.htm   (6339 words)

 The Bixography Discussion Group
I don't think you mean Bix NEVER sounded like LaRocca, for that would mean you were privy to hitherto unknown recordings made by him before the Wolverines, and before he met and was influenced by Emmett Hardy.
Nick writes, “I think their spelling of Louis Cassagne might be correct and the LP therefore wrong.
In some cases, like LaRocca's, this is totally reversed: the instrument is held in the right hand, and the valves are pushed with the left hand fingers.
www.network54.com /Forum/viewall?forumid=27140&it=12   (9534 words)

 New Orleans Jazz - ODJB
Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca, the ODJB recorded the very first ever jazz recording.
This recording was a worldwide hit sensation which sold over one million copies before the end of that year outselling the first million seller of that time, Enrico Caruso, who was an opera tenor.
The ODJB is back once again led by Nick's son, Jimmy LaRocca, on trumpet and vocals.
members.aol.com /ODJBjazz/jazz.html   (345 words)

 NIAF MileStones
Jazz and the Italian American impact, including Nick LaRocca, Eddie Lang, and Joe Venuti.
The legendary Louis Armstrong paid LaRocca supreme tribute as one of the great pioneers of syncopated music.
New Orleans was indeed the crucible for jazz, where, in addition to LaRocca, clarinetist Leon Rappolo made many jazz records including some with outstanding African American jazz greats like Jelly Roll Morton.
www.niaf.org /milestones/year_1915.asp   (404 words)

 ODJB New Orleans Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In 1917, under the leadership of Nick LaRocca, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) made the first jazz recording.
The ODJB is back in full swing under the direction of the original leader’s son, Jimmy LaRocca, on trumpet and vocals, with a fine ensemble of New Orleans musicians.
Dominic James LaRocca was born in 1889 and in 1999 when this recording was made it was the 110 year anniversary of his birth.
www.neworleansjazz.com /odjb.asp   (282 words)

 The Edinburgh festival 2004 -- Jazz and Blues Festival
Today, the present band is under the leadership of Jimmy LaRocca, son of the original leader, Nick La Rocca.
The time span from Nick's birth in 1899 to today is an incredible 115 years and still counting.
We heard that the famous Livery stable blues, the tune they played on the 1917 recording, was then called Barnyard blues with no solos and that Victor only decided to include them when it was marketed as "an ensemble all the way" to be sold for dancing, then a huge craze.
www.edinburghguide.com /festival/2004/jazz/index.shtml?04_08_02_original_dixieland_jazz_band   (709 words)

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