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Interview with Louis Keppard, 1957 August 4

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.3
Call Number: MSS 530.3.42
Title: Interview with Louis Keppard, 1957 August 4
Creator: Keppard, Louis, 1888-1986 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (interviewer)
DeVore, Charlie (interviewer)
Date of Creation: 1957 August 4
Extent: 2 sound tape reel (64 min.) : analog, 7.5 ips, 2 track, mono., on original sound tape reel 141-142 of 704
on sound tape reel 162-163 of 818 (64 min.)
on side 82A-82B of 493 audio cassette (64 min.)
on tape 55 of 396 digital audio tape (64 min.)
1 WAV file (64 min.) : digital
1 MP3 file (64 min.) : digital
Transcript: 25 p.
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
sound recordings
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: Louis Keppard (1888-1986) was an New Orleans jazz guitarist and tuba player. He was the brother of Freddie Keppard.
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: Louis Keppard was interviewed by William Russell and Charlie Devore on August 4, 1957. Keppard details his own musical career and that of his brother Freddie Keppard. He explained that he began playing the guitar and switched to the cornet after having lessons with Manuel Perez and Hippolyte Charles. He recalls that his brother Freddie started with the mandolin, switched to the violin, and began playing the cornet. Keppard describes the composition of his own bands the Magnolia and the Cherry Blossom, as well as many other Storyville era New Orleans bands. He describes in great detail performing with a touring band that included Roy Palmer, Sugar Johnny, Lawrence Duhe, and Herbert Lindsay. He discusses the musical style of Bunk Johnson whom he compares and contrasts with Arnold Metoyer.
Please see MSS 519, Louis Keppard, Folder 1 for transcript.
Notes: Interview with Louis Keppard, 1957 August 4, 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.
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Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Subjects: Keppard, Louis, 1888-1986 -- More information
Keppard, Freddie, 1890-1933 -- More information
Alexander, Adolphe, 1898-1969 -- More information
Charles, Hypolite, 1891-1984 -- More information
Perez, Manuel, 1871-1946 -- More information
Johnson, Bunk, 1879-1949 -- More information
Oliver, King, 1885-1938 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Chicago (Ill.)
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- Biography.
Related Manuscripts &
General Correspondence and Working Files MSS 519
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Other Institutions:
The William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz has a digest of this interview
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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