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  Original Dixieland Jass Band Summary
Original Dixieland Jass Band (after mid-1917 spelling changed to Jazz) was a New Orleans band which, in 1917, was the first ever to make a jazz recording.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band are often known by their initials, the O.D.J.B. The band consisted of 5 white musicians who had previously been playing in the Papa Jack Laine bands, a diverse and racially integrated collection of musicians who played for parades, dances, and advertising in New Orleans.
The Music of the O.D.J.B. To those accustomed to later styles of jazz, the O.D.J.B. can sound decidedly corny, with instruments doing barnyard imitations and the fully loaded trap set, wood blocks, cowbells, gongs, and Chinese gourds, but at the time their music was liberating.
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  Original Dixieland Jass Band - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Original Dixieland Jass Band (after mid-1917 spelling changed to Jazz) was a New Orleans band which, in 1917, was the first ever to make a jazz recording.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band are often known by their initials, the O.D.J.B. The band consisted of 5 white musicians who had previously been playing in the Papa Jack Laine bands, a diverse and racially integrated collection of musicians who played for parades, dances, and advertising in New Orleans.
The Music of the O.D.J.B. To those accustomed to later styles of jazz, the O.D.J.B. can sound decidedly corny, with instruments doing barnyard imitations and the fully loaded trap set, wood blocks, cowbells, gongs, and Chinese gourds, but at the time their music was liberating.
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 JAZZ
Jazz, commonly referred to as "jass" until the latter stages of World War I, emerged at around the turn of the century.
The role of ragtime in the development of early jazz has been debated by music historians for most of the twentieth century; some consider it to be the first jazz style, while others feel that it was just one of many American pop music genres which influenced the formation of jazz.
Given the richness and diversity of jazz history, in addition to the conventions employed by its exponents, it would seem to be virtually impossible to deploy a definitive definition of this art form.
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 Original Dixieland Jass Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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.
The band consisted of 5 white musicians who had previously been playing in the Papa Jack Laine bands, a diverse and racially integrated collection of musicians who played for parades, dances, and advertising in New Orleans.
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 Foreign Correspondents' Club Hong Kong - The Correspondent - Nov-Dec 03
In 1916 an all-white band in Chicago was getting together and was experimenting with the “new” music that was starting to attract attention in the city with bands that went on to feature players such as Joe “King” Oliver and Louis Armstrong.
The traditional jazz line-up of cornet, clarinet, trombone, piano and drums, the instruments had different tones and volumes and the result was a cacophony.
But Jazz is now an international art form and all the great players that followed owe a debt to the Mickey Mouse players of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
www.fcchk.org /correspondent/corro-dec-jan04/jazz.htm   (550 words)

  
 ODJB Service 2
Whatever the ODJB's influences may have been the style and interpretation of the music they performed was done in their own way.
After their first recording on Victor and Columbia Records under the title of the Original Dixieland 'Jass' Band the name was changed between September of 1917 and March 2, 1918 to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (documents and letters show this).
As a result of the ODJB's huge success with their recordings the style of music they performed came to be called jazz music and the name JAZZ has been associated with many bands and musical styles that were influenced and evolved since their hit recording.
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 First Jazz Record of All?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
When a band made a test, one take was usually enough; certainly not seven to cover two titles, and by an untried unknown quantity such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
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.
The contract was for six months; it was not renewed, and the band recorded exclusively for Victor in the USA from the spring of 1918 until the end of 1921.
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 ipedia.com: Original Dixieland Jass Band Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Original Dixieland Jass Band was a New Orleans band which, in 1917, was the first ever to make a jazz recording.
The O.D.J.B., on the other hand, played for dancing and were hence the first "jass" band to get a following of fans in New York, and then were offered a chance to record at a time when the USA's recording industry was almost entirely centered in New York and New Jersey.
The band returned to the United States at the end of 1920 and toured for 2 years before breaking up.
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 ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Yet as John Norris noted, publisher of Canada's Coda magazine, reviewing Ragtime To Jazz 1912--1919 on Timeless Historical, 'the ODJB (whatever we may think of them now) were infinitely superior to most other outfits to record at that time'.
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.
By then their appeal was limited to old fans nostalgic for the 'jazz age', and jazz had long since passed them by.
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 THE ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JASS BAND (ODJB)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
An ODJB member, probably Edwards, had scribbled a note on the letter: "Forbish [sic]-- Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 P.M." It is likely that the band met Donovan or Columbia recording engineer Walter A. Forbush on January 31, played an original composition (probably without recording it), and failed to impress Columbia executives with "jass" during this test.
ODJB trombonist Eddie Edwards recalled early studio days for the May, 1947, issue of Jazz Record, which is reprinted in Selections from the Gutter (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1977), edited by Art Hodes and Chadwick Hansen.
Band members were considerably older and the music must have seemed dated to audiences at that time (Benny Goodman was the dominant musical personality in late 1936), but the two sessions produced remarkable records, the microphone capturing nuances that no acoustic era recording horn could.
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 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).
During the same year, the group became the first jazz band to make phonograph recordings, and in doing so the musicians achieved a degree of eminence that was out of proportion to their musical skills.
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)

  
 Original Dixieland Jazz Band ODJB Best Trad band from New Orleans
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.
Jimmy and the ODJB are dedicated to jazz education through clinics, lectures and workshops.
The ODJB shines the brightest on a concert stage and it is refreshing to see so many people tap feet, clap hands, smile and comment on how good they feel when they listen to this music from New Orleans.
www.odjb.com   (498 words)

  
 New Orleans Jazz - ODJB Jazz History
Jazz history has often been written from the perspective of the "great man," emphasizing the influence of musicians who enjoy widespread critical acceptance, especially in retrospect, and ignoring the role of "lesser" artists whose activities are ipso facto less important In the case of the ODJB, however, personalities also became a factor.
Indeed, the band had caught the doughboys going and coming, first as the hottest ticket in New York City 1917-18 when the city served as a major port of embarkation, and later in London in 1919 at the Hippodrome and the Armistice Ball, where they played for the returning servicemen and their generals.
Jazz was, after all, a musical vehicle for the expression of personality, and the tribulations of the Roppolo and Keppard families were later experienced by the Beiderbeckes and the Toughs in Iowa and Illinois.
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 Original Dixieland Jass Band
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who billed themselves "The Creators of Jazz", have long been been dismissed as the White guys who copied African-American music, and called it their own.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band had recorded for Columbia in January 1917, but the session was unsuccessful and the band had to come back and re-record the songs, thus the release of the Columbia sides did not come about until after the amazing success of the Victor records.
The band's slogan was "Untuneful Harmonists Playing Peppery Melodies", and their leader Nick La Rocca and cornet player delighted in stirring up the press, describing themselves as musical anarchists and coining fun statements like "Jazz is the assassination of the melody, it's the slaying of syncopation".
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 HyperMusic -- History of Jazz: Dixieland
Blues and ragtime, along with a rich local brass band tradition and many other influences, came together in the late teens to early 1920s in New Orleans, Louisiana to create a new type of music called Dixieland jazz.
As jazz gained in popularity, it spread north from New Orleans to Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and across the Midwest to California.
The name "Dixieland" was most likely derived from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, a New Orleans group who made the first publicly available recording of this style of music in 1917.
www.hypermusic.ca /jazz/dixie.html   (267 words)

  
 Original Dixieland Jazz band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band dates to 1916 when DJ "Nick" LaRocca, cornetist from New Orleans, founded a band of all New Orleans musicians while in Chicago.
The Original Dixieland Jass Band was changed to The Original Dixeland Jazz Band and from that point forward the name was secured as we know it today.
Jazz is a term that describes an incredibly diverse amount of musical styles spanning eight-one years, from Dixieland,Swing, Big Band, Be Bop, Contemporary,Progressive,Afro-Cuban, Classic, Modern, Acid and more that have all evolved, progressed and grown from the very first Original Dixieland Jazz Band recording.
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 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band - dublin music - dublin jazz
Their 78 disc, “Livery Stable Blues” and its flipside “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” was released by the Victor Talking Machine Company creating a riot in the music world.
Eight five years after the release of their first record, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band are still going strong and the La Rocca family connection still runs through the group with Nick's son, Jimmy leading the band.
In concert the Original Dixieland Jazz Band revive all the musical anarchy and intoxicating beats of early jazz classics like “Tiger Rag”, “Basin Street Blues” and “St Louis Blues”.
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 Potomac River Jazz Club - Roots of Jazz [Mystery History]
The ODJB is one and the same with the original DIXIE JAZZ BAND, and significantly contributed to the composition of Brown Skin.
The Story of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, written by H. Brunn, states that some of the ODJB tunes, such as Sensation, Tiger Rag and Ostrich Walk were written as early as 1912 and 1914.
The members of the ODJB were in a ferment of creative composition during their early years together, which makes the composition of one more tune from that time to be not a startling concept.
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 New Orleans Jazz - ODJB
The ODJB is back once again led by Nick's son, Jimmy LaRocca, on trumpet and vocals.
The ODJB has performed for concerts and jazz festivals in Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Finland and the USA.
and is dedicated to jazz preservation and education.
members.aol.com /ODJBjazz/jazz.html   (345 words)

  
 Original Dixieland Jazz Band Vol.2 1917-1923 - Wal-Mart
Under its somewhat hyperbolic and misleading title, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, aided by widespread publicity, became known as the creators of jazz.
Synonymous with the Jazz Age, and sometimes having just as little to do with real jazz as does that loose term for a sociological and cultural phenomenon, the ODJB quickly became legendary and thereafter did not need to live up to the usually unfulfilled promise their name evokes.
New Orleans Rhythm Kings, the ODJB were quickly deemed passe and broke up in 1925, re-forming in 1936 for a brief and not too successful tour.
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 Original Dixieland Jazz Band Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Some try to put down the Original dixieland Jazz Band because: 1) they were white (yep, anyone whose skin color is white and plays jazz or dance music is labeled a phony or a robber of fl music.
Besides, the Original dixieland band wrote much of their own music and even if they didn't invent jazz, they contributed a great deal to its music.
No the Original Dixieland Jazz Band doesn't play on the same level as King Oliver's Creale Jazz Band would several years after these recordings were made, however these sessions were some of the 1st recordings made of Dixieland music, or jazz for that matter making these sessions both historical and enjoyable.
www.jazz-music-reviews.com /Dixieland/Original_Dixieland_Jazz_Band   (754 words)

  
 Tiger Rag   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Band leader Jack Laine, interviewed in his old age, said his band had been playing it early in the century under the title "Praline".
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.
After the ODJB recorded "Tiger", Fellow Laine alumnus trumpeter Ray Lopez said he had as much right to copyright the melody as his rival Nick LaRocca, and did so under the title "Weary Weasel", which he also arranged and recorded with the Abe Lyman's Orchestra.
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 Original Dixieland Jazz Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The first jazz band to achieve widespread prominence, the Original Dixieland Jass Band are often known by their initials, the "O.D.J.B."
The band consisted of 5 musicians who had previously played in the Papa Jack Laine bands, a diverse and racially integrated collection of musicians who played for parades, dances, and advertising in New Orleans.
The ODJB's records, first marketed simply as a novelty, were a surprise hit, and gave many Americans their first taste of jazz.
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 American BigBands - Page 4 "O" Bands
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.
Here's a photograph of The ODJB, often referred to as America's first all-white jazz band (originally formed in 1914), which still has Nick La Rocca on Trumpet; Alcide "Kid Yellow" Nunez on clarinet; Eddie Edwards on trombone; and the rhythm was supplied by Tony Spargo (nee Sbarbaro) on drums and Henry Ragas on the piano.
The band had originally come north with Alcide " Kid Yellow" Nunez on the trombone, but Nunez and LaRocca were not compatible, and they traded Nunez to Tom Brown's Dixieland Jazz Band in exchange for Larry Shields.
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 Chicago Jazz
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (which was fairly original for the time although certainly not the originators of jazz that LaRocca sometimes claimed they were), introduced jazz to many listeners and in 1919 during a pioneering tour they brought jazz to Europe for the first time.
So strong was the group's initial impact that during 1919-21, the word "jazz" was being applied to nearly every new song and quite a few heated white bands did their best to play in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band style.
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, which recorded in 1923, was the finest of all the classic New Orleans jazz groups.
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