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Interview with Happy Schilling, 1957 September 8

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.3
Call Number: MSS 530.3.58
Title: Interview with Happy Schilling, 1957 September 8
Creator: Schilling, George Happy, 1886-1964 (interviewee)
Russell, William, 1905-1992 (interviewer)
DeVore, Charlie (interviewer)
Wiggs, Johnny, 1899-1977 (interviewer)
Date of Creation: 1957 September 8
Extent: 4 sound tape reel (131 min.) : analog, on original sound tape reel 425-428 of 704
on sound tape reel 474-477 of 818 (131 min.)
on side 248A-249B of 493 audio cassette (131 min.)
on tape 184-185 of 396 digital audio tape (131 min.)
1 WAV file (131 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: George "Happy" Schilling (1886-1964) was an early New Orleans Dixieland jazz trombonist and band leader. Schilling led the band that performed for the New Orleans Pelicans baseball games.
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: George "Happy" Schilling was interviewed by William Russell, Charlie DeVore, and Johnny Wiggs on September 8, 1957. Schilling recalls working with musicians including Nick LaRocca, Papa Jack Laine, John "Fisher" Phillips, Achille Baquet, George Brunies, Rag Baby Stevens, and Harry Shannon. He recalls his time spent working in the Storyville District of New Orleans and explains that he frequently took jobs performing at political engagements, Carnival Balls and parades, and notes that he was with the first band that played for the Hermes ball. His interview addresses issues of race and integration among early jazz musicians, he notes that many of the bands he led included African American musicians. He details his time spent working in Chicago. He discusses the origins of the term jazz, and discusses the style and talent of musicians including Monk Hazel, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Armand Piron.
Notes: Interview with Happy Schilling, 1957 September 8, 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: Wiggs, Johnny, 1899-1977 -- More information
Krewe of Hermes -- More information
Laine, Jack, 1873-1966 -- More information
Baquet, Achille, 1885-1956 -- More information
LaRocca, Nick, 1889-1961 -- More information
Brunies, George, 1902-1974 -- More information
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 -- More information
Oliver, King, 1885-1938 -- More information
Piron, Armand J., 1888-1943 -- More information
Fountain, Pete, b. 1930
Phillips, John Henry, 1878-1948 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Chicago (Ill.)
Storyville District (New Orleans, La.)
Plaquemines Parish (La.)
Jazz musicians -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Race relations.
Carnival -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Labor unions.
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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