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Interview and banjo lesson with George Guesnon, 1958 June 19 and 21

Higher Level Record: MSS 530.3
Call Number: MSS 530.3.29
Title: Interview and banjo lesson with George Guesnon, 1958 June 19 and 21
Creator: Guesnon, George, 1907-1968 (interviewee)
Talbert, Dick (interviewer)
Allen, Richard B., 1927-2007 (interviewer)
Date of Creation: 1958 June 19 and 21
Extent: 2 sound tape reel (129 min.) : analog, on original sound tape reel 334-335 of 704
on sound tape reel 375-378 of 818 (129 min.)
on side 197A-198B of 493 audio cassette (129 min.)
on tape 149-150 of 396 digital audio tape (129 min.)
1 WAV file (129 min.) : digital
Object Name: sound recordings
oral histories (document genres)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Language: English
Biography/History: Composer and banjoist.
Dick Talbert was an Associated Press photographer who worked with jazz scholar William Russell in the late 1950s.
Richard B. Allen was the co-founder and served as the second Curator (1965-1980) of William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University.
Scope and Content: This recording was made by William Russell on June 21, 1958 and includes both an oral history interview and a banjo lesson given by George Guesnon to Dick Talbert. Portions of this recording are a duplicate copy of a previous lesson recorded on June 19, 1958. The banjo lesson features instruction and practice on chords. Talbert practices "Basin Street," "I'm Confessin'," "Give Me A Kiss to Dream on," "Heebie Jeebies," "St. Louis Blues," "When You're Smiling," and "Bye Bye Blackbird." Guesnon performs an original composition, a suggestive song he calls "Drawers' Troubles." Guesnon discusses the character and talent of fellow musicians including Johnny St. Cyr, Willie Pajaud, Bobby Hackett, Sidney Bechet, Tony Jackson, and Joe Oliver. He also details his friendship with Jelly Roll Morton.
Please see MSS 519, George Guesnon, Folder 14-18 for transcript.
Notes: Interview and banjo lesson with George Guesnon, 1958 June 19 and 21, 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: Oliver, King, 1885-1938 -- More information
Jackson, Tony, 1876-1921 -- More information
Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 -- More information
Johnson, Bunk, 1879-1949 -- More information
Bechet, Sidney, 1897-1959 -- More information
Pajaud, Willie, 1902-1960 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Chicago (Ill.)
New York (N.Y.)
Banjo -- Instruction and study
Related Manuscripts &
General Correspondence and Working Files MSS 519
Accession Number: 92-48-L.291
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