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New Orleans piano players

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Been thinking a lot about some of these players lately. Don't feel I have much of interest to say about the subject yet, but here are three youtube videos I've been enjoying:

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Great clips, thanks! :tup

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Check out some of the James Booker clips on You Tube.

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yes - James Booker is the man. Also, Tuts Washington.

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yes - James Booker is the man. Also, Tuts Washington.

Yes, Tuts was great. One of my favourite films is "Piano players rarely ever play together"; a German documentary film featuring Tuts, Fesser and Toussaint playing together, rehearsing for a gig they were to do together and talking about how the influence of Jelly Roll Morton had been passed down through their different generations and remembering where it al lcame from. The film and the gig were interrupted by Longhair's death. Must give that another view before we go over to digital and I can't see it any more.

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yes - James Booker is the man. Also, Tuts Washington.

Yes, Tuts was great. One of my favourite films is "Piano players rarely ever play together"; a German documentary film featuring Tuts, Fesser and Toussaint playing together, rehearsing for a gig they were to do together and talking about how the influence of Jelly Roll Morton had been passed down through their different generations and remembering where it al lcame from. The film and the gig were interrupted by Longhair's death. Must give that another view before we go over to digital and I can't see it any more.

MG

Oh man, I saw that video in my late teens on Detroit PBS - got me totally hooked on Boogie at that point. Hard to find now, but some clips here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f8E2v33r-c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIwmp7_AcYU

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yes - James Booker is the man. Also, Tuts Washington.

Yes, Tuts was great. One of my favourite films is "Piano players rarely ever play together"; a German documentary film featuring Tuts, Fesser and Toussaint playing together, rehearsing for a gig they were to do together and talking about how the influence of Jelly Roll Morton had been passed down through their different generations and remembering where it al lcame from. The film and the gig were interrupted by Longhair's death. Must give that another view before we go over to digital and I can't see it any more.

MG

Oh man, I saw that video in my late teens on Detroit PBS - got me totally hooked on Boogie at that point. Hard to find now, but some clips here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f8E2v33r-c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIwmp7_AcYU

That last bit was, to me, one of the most important bits of the film - where Alan Toussaint talks about how three great piano players weren't getting it together, despite their obvious talent, but needed "an organising spirit" to come in, and it was Longhair who took up the challenge and got them working together.

Thanks for those. I've got the whole film on soon-to-be-redundant VHS. I see that whoever recorded it for You Tube had the same reception problems we did back in the day (it was shown here on the first night of Channel 4).

MG

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Joe Crown is quite a player. I saw him at jazzfest last year and he can really tinkle those ivories

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