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The "Fan-Tan" stroke?
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Hello everybody,while looking at old issues of the Crescendo magazine (available here :…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Dec 11, 2017.

"The famous Van Eps Trio in A bit of jazz" (1921)
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Hello everyone,does anybody happen to know if that early sound-film (Kellum process) featuring Fred Van Eps and that is luckily preserved with both image and sound apparently in the UCLA film archive…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Cioffi Nov 14, 2015.

Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
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Hello everybody,While searching for banjo records on a french radio website I stumbled upon this emission broadcasted in 2013, in which you can listen to two banjo records (which I find really…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist Oct 30.

"Persiflage" by Fred Van Eps - sheet music?
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Hello everybody,I'm new to this discussion board - I'm still a beginner with the banjo, as I got my first one less than one year ago, and been playing since then - though not making much progress,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Nov 10, 2014.

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Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Because this photograph shows Lowry playing a five string banjo with four strings,  it does not mean that in the recording made years later by my judgment  he was playing a five string banjo without the fifth string.  The photo looks…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"My late judgment after finally figuring out how to record the selections from the french web site after years,  is not as astitute as those offered here.  Lowry began playing banjo as a child or teenager.  I have a newspaper article…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I have seen pictures of him holding what must be a five-string banjo, pictures of him particularly in the 1930s with a tenor banjo, and pictures of him playing either a four-string mandolin banjo or a banjolin.  Curiously I cannot find a…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"These organizations were called and seen in publicity as "Jazz" , but if you listen to this recording, made fairly late in the 1920s,  I dont think they had much Jazz content.  This is more the kind of advanced rag time that…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Going through the whole thing the first time. You write "the context of his music which was in bands with horns and drums, "   This is not clear even in 1926.  Most of the  work Lowry did from at least 1911 until around…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Just to correct an error.  I had been told by a friend about the origins of the remaining Clef Club in Philiadelphia and thought the organization had continued there.   It did not.  in the 1990s a group of African American…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"You will  be happy to know that the entire assemblage of he banjo collectors gathering in Bristol Virginia  this weekend will here pieces of both these selections you discovered.  I cannot say how much your launching this thread off…"
Oct 30
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I think I would have gone mad preparing my presentation without my typings here which will serve as a good basis for the journal or magazine article I will write on these topics. Thank you "
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Unfortunately I was wrong.  Laurant had been scheduled to have a chapter that would appear in Banjo Roots and Branches on Banjo and the Caribbean.   Unfortunately,  Illinois UP felt his great book,  "The Banjo:…"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Speaking of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  I also discovered about 10 years ago that when Samuel Coleridge-Taylor visited the Washington,  an African American BMG club, the Aeolians,  were part of the official program greeting…"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Minor Correction,  there is no evidence Lowry played the clarinet.  There is evidence he also played the bass saxophone as well as banjo and bandolin in the Joan Sawyer Persian Room Orchestra,  and is recorded as playing the alto sax…"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I think the teaming up with Stinson was at the most one engagement at the Family Theater in Allegheny Pa, then an independent town, but within months to be incorporated into Pittsburgh.  It was where Stinson lived and entertained on the banjo,…"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
""but he was in show business from an early age,"  The earliest notice I can find for Lowry  who spelt his name Lowery or at least newspapers described him a s"lowery" until around 1911, is in 1906 when he was 15, …"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"One reason so many NYC clef Club musicians of this type were going to England and france in this period is that up to around 1914/15  the AFM musicians union in NYC refused to enroll any Black members, but more or less  did not boycott…"
Oct 29
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"What is amazing is the amount of intimate detail about all this I can learn sitting at my desk in my home here in West Palm Beach.  The British Jazz Archive's online copies of the Storyville Jazz magazine have rather intensive articles…"
Oct 29

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