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Interview with Manuel and Jenny Frank Manetta, 1969 January 9

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.2
Call Number: MSS 530.2.110
Title: Interview with Manuel and Jenny Frank Manetta, 1969 January 9
Creator: Manetta, Manuel, 1889-1969 (interviewee)
Manetta, Jenny Frank, ca. 1894-1970 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (interviewer)
Date of Creation: 1969 January 9
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (93 min.) : analog, on original sound tape reel 567 of 704
on sound tape reel 640-641 of 818 (93 min.)
on side 360A-360B of 493 audio cassette (93 min.)
on tape 277 of 396 digital audio tape (93 min.)
1 WAV file (93 min.)
1 MP3 file (93 min.)
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: American jazz teacher and multi-instrumentalist, based in Algiers (New Orleans west bank).
Jenny Frank Manetta (b. ca. 1894-1970) was the wife of New Orleans jazz musician and educator Manuel Manetta.
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 9, 1969 and includes an interview with Manuel Manetta and his wife Jenny Frank Manetta conducted by Russell. Manetta recalls the physical appearance of fellow jazz musicians including John Robichaux and Papa Tio. Russell asks Manetta about several figures from the Storyville District of New Orleans. Manetta recalls several of the early musicians who worked with his uncle. Jenny Frank Manetta recalls a vivid Mardi Gras experience. She relates stories from Manetta's mother about his early childhood. She discusses her love of gardening, recalling her first World War II era Victory Garden. She also discusses her own family background.
For a transcript of this interview please see MSS 516, Folder 689-693.
Notes: Interview with Manuel and Jenny Frank Manetta, 1969 January 9, 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: Tio, Papa, 1862-1927 -- More information
Robichaux, John, 1866-1939 -- More information
Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 -- More information
Piron, Armand J., 1888-1943 -- More information
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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