Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist
  • Male
  • North Miami Beach, FL
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share

Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist's Friends

  • howard gengarelly
  • Genford Brewington
  • Christian Stanfield

Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist's Discussions

Looking for information and discussion on C.P, Stinson, Hosea Easton, and Vance Lowry

     I am at work on a research project on C.P. Stinson, Hosea Easton, and Vance Lowry, three African American banjoists of the late 19th and early 20th century whose careers and…Continue

Tags: Contests, French, banjo, Banjoists, Black

Started Aug 10, 2018

Basic banjo history ignored in classic banjo introduction (edited by moderator)
12 Replies

The 30 minute "introductory" video on Classic Banjo is nice playing but every comment the speaker makes about banjo history is simply wrong, not about things that are controversial but about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Moss Jun 5, 2013.

Gifts Received

Gift

Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift

 

Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist's Page

Latest Activity

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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
Oct 29, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018

Tony Thomas MFA Black Banjoist's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 0:18 on October 10, 2017, howard gengarelly said…

Tony --- Would love to hear from you. Howard from Gainesville, with a banjo on my knee.

    howardgengarelly@gmail.com

You need to be a member of Classic-Banjo to add comments!

Join Classic-Banjo

 
 
 

© 2019   Created by thereallyniceman.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service