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Interview with Barney Bigard, 1969 July 25

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.4
Call Number: MSS 530.4.12
Title: Interview with Barney Bigard, 1969 July 25
Creator: Bigard, Barney, 1906-1980 (interviewee)
Levin, Floyd, b. 1922 (interviewer)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (collector)
Date of Creation: 1969 July 25
Extent: 1 audio cassette (32 min.) : analog, on original sound tape 527, duplicate 603 of 704
on sound tape reel 592, duplicate 693 of 818 (32 min.)
on side 324A, duplicate 394A-394B of 493 audio cassette (32 min.)
on tape 246, duplicate 307 of 396 digital audio tape (32 min.)
1 WAV file (32 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: clarinetist
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 Floyd Levin on July 25, 1969 and includes an oral history interview with Barney Bigard conducted by Levin using questions provided by Bill Russell. Levin includes a verbal introduction, indicating that the interview was being conducted for Bill Russell. Bigard discusses working with Jelly Roll Morton in New York and Chicago in the mid 1920s. Bigard explains that he was working with the Charlie Elgar band when he first met Jelly Roll Morton. He explains that he both recorded with Jelly and performed live with his band at casual jobs in Chicago. He discusses Morton's physical appearance as well as his talent for composition. He also discusses the relationship that Morton had with the Melrose publishing company. Bigard indicates that Jelly Roll Morton claimed authorship of St. Louis Blues. He discusses his Uncle Emile Bigard, who knew Jelly Roll Morton in New Orleans but did not work with him. Bigard compares and contrasts the musical styles of Jelly Roll Moron with that of Armand Piron and Duke Ellington. He also discusses his last meeting with Morton in Los Angeles shortly before Morton's death.
Please see MSS 519, Barney Bigard, Folder 1 for a transcript of this interview.
Please see MSS 506, Folder 28-30 for files related to this interview.
Notes: Interview with Barney Bigard, 1969 July 25, 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
Elgar, Charles, 1879-1973 -- More information
Simeon, Omer, 1902-1959 -- More information
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 -- More information
Bigard, Emile, 1892-1935 -- More information
Piron, Armand J., 1888-1943 -- More information
Bigard, Barney, 1906-1980 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Chicago (Ill.)
New York (N.Y.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Milwaukee (Wis.)
Jazz musicians.
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The William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz has notes related to this interview.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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