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Interview with George Brunies, 1971 November 14

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.4
Call Number: MSS 530.4.15
Title: Interview with George Brunies, 1971 November 14
Creator: Brunies, George, 1902-1974 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (interviewer)
Date of Creation: 1971 November 14
Extent: 1 audio cassette (26 min.) : analog, on original sound tape 609 of 704
on sound tape reel 698 of 818 (26 min.)
on side 399A of 493 audio cassette (26 min.)
on tape 311 of 396 digital audio tape (26 min.)
1 WAV file (26 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: George Clarence Brunies (1902-1974) was a well-known early New Orleans jazz trombonist.
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 November 14, 1971 and includes an oral history interview with George Brunies, also present is the youngest son of Richard Brunies. The interview focuses on Brunies memories of recordings that he and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings made with Jelly Roll Morton. Brunies recalls that a segregated hotel would not admit Jelly Roll Morton on the recording date. He comments on the talent of several musicians including Roy Palmer and Jack Mayhew. He recalls that he snuck into the Storyville district of New Orleans as a child, and was later able to find work performing in the Bucktown neighborhood. He also recalls his childhood in the Irish Channel neighborhood.
Please see MSS 506, Folders 41-42, for files related to this interview.
Notes: Interview with George Brunies, 1971 November 14, 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
New Orleans Rhythm Kings -- More information
Palmer, Roy, 1892-1963 -- More information
Brunies, George, 1902-1974 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Irish Channel (New Orleans, La.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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