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Oral History Interview with Jimmy Maxwell, 2018 April 13

Higher Level Record: MSS 629
Call Number: MSS 629.83
Title: Oral History Interview with Jimmy Maxwell, 2018 April 13
Creator: Maxwell, Jimmy, b. 1953 (interviewee) -- More information
Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2018 April 13
Extent: Sound recording: 1 WAV file (98 min.) : digital
Transcript: 35 pp. : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
WAVE (format)
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Process/Technique: recording
Language: English
Biography/History: Jimmy Maxwell (b. 1953) is a musician and band leader in New Orleans. His orchestra has performed for carnival balls and other social events in New Orleans and elsewhere since 1981.
Mark Cave is the curator of manuscripts and oral historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The institution was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Moore Williams -- collectors of Louisiana materials who wished to share their holdings with the public.
Scope and Content: Jimmy Maxwell was interviewed by Mark Cave on April 13, 2018 for the New Orleans Life Story Project. Maxwell discusses his parents and early childhood that included stories about a serious Staphylococcus infection and a brief stint in college football before becoming a musician. The interview mostly reflects on his eventful life as a bandleader and musician. He talks about his relationship with other musicians and bandleaders such as René Louapre, Peter Duchin, and Harry Connick Sr. Maxwell relates many humorous anecdotes about his career with each story providing valuable insights into the life of a popular traveling musician. These include playing for the 1988 Republican National Convention, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and members of Great Britain's Royal Family. He discusses hurricane Katrina and his interest in The Esalen Institute, a non-profit American retreat center and intentional community in Big Sur, California.
Notes: Jimmy Maxwell oral history, 2018 April 13, for the New Orleans Life Story Project, MSS 629, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
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Collection Theme(s): Performers and Composers
1984 World's Fair
Carnival Balls
Musical Festivals
Subjects: Maxwell, Jimmy, b. 1953 -- More information
Maxwell, Edward James, Jr., 1929-2019 -- More information
Louapre, René Albert, Jr., 1915-1987 -- More information
Hirt, Al, 1922-1999 -- More information
Connick, Harry, Sr., b. 1926 -- More information
Connick, Harry, Jr., b. 1967 -- More information
Duchin, Peter Oelrichs, b. 1937 -- More information
Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra -- More information
Republican Party (La.). Convention -- More information
Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band -- More information
New Orleans Jazz Club -- More information
New York (N.Y.)
New Orleans (La.)
Drummers (Musicians)
Bands (Music) -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Jazz musicians, White -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.
Related Manuscripts &
Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra papers MSS 1010
Accession Number: 2018.0233
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Transcript: Transcript