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Interview with Joseph "Fan" Bourgeau, 1970 January 24

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.4
Call Number: MSS 530.4.14
Title: Interview with Joseph "Fan" Bourgeau, 1970 January 24
Creator: Bourgeau, Joseph, 1891-1975 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992
Date of Creation: 1970 January 24
Extent: 1 audio cassette (30 min.) : analog, on original sound tape 608B of 704
on sound tape reel 697 of 818 (30 min.)
on side 398A-398B of 493 audio cassette (30 min.)
on tape 310 of 396 digital audio tape (30 min.)
1 WAV file (30 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: musician
Born Russell William Wagner, Bill Russell (1905-1992) was an American music historian, collector, musician, and modernist composer. He was an authority on early New Orleans-style jazz, and the founder of American Music Records.
Scope and Content: This recording was created by Bill Russell on January 24, 1970 and includes an oral history interview with Joseph "Fan" Bourgeau. Bourgeau recalls meeting Jelly Roll Morton in the early 1900s, explaining that Morton patronized the Orleans Pleasure Club where Bourgeau worked as a runner. He recalls being inspired to learn to play the piano watching Morton, and the guitar watching Johnny St. Cyr. He comments on the physical appearance and musical style of Jelly Roll Morton. He details his memories of the Storyville district, recalling several of the musicians he knew there and sharing his memories of the Big 25 club. Bourgeau explains that he worked in manufacturing plants before serving in World War I, where he was stationed in France and served as a translator.
Please see MSS 519, Joseph Fan Bourgeau, Folder 1 for an article from this interview.
Please see MSS 506, Folder 37-38, for files related to this interview.
Notes: Interview with Joseph "Fan" Bourgeau, 1970 January 24, William Russell Oral History Collection Series, MSS530, William Russell Jazz Collection, The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for research.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Subjects: Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 -- More information
St. Cyr, Johnny, 1890-1966 -- More information
Guesnon, George, 1907-1968 -- More information
Bourgeau, Joseph, 1891-1975 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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