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Encyclopedia > George Lewis (clarinetist)

George Lewis (13 July 190031 December 1969) was an American jazz clarinetist who achieved his greatest fame and influence in his later decades of life. July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... A clarinetist (sometimes also spelled clarinettist) is a musician who plays the clarinet. ...


George Lewis' actual legal name was George Louis Francois Zenon. He was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Lewis was playing clarinet professionally by 1917. He played with Buddie Petit, Chris Kelly regularly, and sometimes with Kid Ory and many other band leaders, seldom traveling far from the greater New Orleans area. French Quarter: upper Chartres street looking down towards Jackson Square and the spires of St. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot Location Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates , Government Country State Parish United States Louisiana Orleans Parish, Louisiana Founded 1718 Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 350. ... Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Buddie Petit or Buddy Petit (c. ... Chris Kelly (born November 11, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Edward Kid Ory (December 25, 1886 – January 23, 1973) was a Jazz trombonist and bandleader. ...


During the Great Depression he took a day job as a stevedore, continuing to take such music jobs after hours as he could find. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn, starting in 1929 and lasting through most of the 1930s. ... A stevedore is a person who works at loading or unloading a ship. ...


In 1942 some jazz fans and writers came to New Orleans to record the legendary older trumpeter Bunk Johnson, and Bunk picked Lewis for the recording session. Lewis, almost totally unknown outside of New Orleans, impressed many listeners, and he made his first recordings under his own name for American Music Records. This article is about the year. ... Willie Gary Bunk Johnson ( 1879/1889–July 7, 1949) was a prominent early New Orleans jazz trumpet player in the early years of the 20th century who enjoyed a revived career in the 1940s. ... American Music Records is a United States-based record label specializing in traditional New Orleans jazz. ...


In 1944 he was badly injured in a stevedoring accident when a container fell on his chest. For a time it was thought that even if he recovered he would be unable to play clarinet. However he started playing again while convelessing in bed at home on Burgundy Street in the French Quarter. His friends banjoist Lawrence Marrero and string bass player Alcide Pavageau brought their instruments to Lewis' bedside, and Bill Russell of American Music brought his portable disc recorder, and they recorded the first version of what was to become George Lewis' most famous number, The Burgundy Street Blues. 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Lawrence Marrero Lawrence (Laurence) Marrero, born in New Orleans, Louisiana October 24, 1900 - died in New Orleans, Louisiana June 5, 1959. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... William Bill Russell (1905-1992) is an American jazz music historian and modernist composer. ...


The Burgundy Street Blues was titled by Russell (who also created new names for a number of Lewis's interpretations of old pop tunes). It was originally simply an improvised blues based on figures from the records of Louis Armstrong. Lewis was an enthusiastic admirer of Armstrong's music and collected his records (although Lewis's own jazz style remained solidly of the pre-Armstrong variety); the Armstrong Hot 5's "Savoy Blues" (credited to Kid Ory) is especially evident in "Burgundy Street". The blues is blal vaökdgohdtzkhchg cnlncgdl a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the full twelve note chromatic scale plus the microtonal intervals and a characteristic eight and twelve-bar chord progression. ... Louis Daniel Armstrong (July 4, 1900[1] – July 6, 1971) (also known by the nicknames Satchmo for satchel-mouth and Pops) was an American jazz musician. ... Edward Kid Ory (December 25, 1886 – January 23, 1973) was a Jazz trombonist and bandleader. ...


Lewis stayed with Bunk Johnson's newly popular band through 1946, including a trip to New York City. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ...


After Bunk's final retirement Lewis took over leadership of the band, usually featuring Jim Robinson on trombone in addition to Pavageau and Marrero, and a succession of New Orleans trumpet players. Starting in 1949 he was a regular on the French Quarter's Bourbon Street entertainment clubs, and had regular broadcasts over radio station WDSU. Nathan Robinson, much better known as Jim Robinson or Big Jim Robinson (December 25, 1892 - May 4, 1976) was a jazz trombone player. ... A lip-reed aerophone with a predominantly cylindrical bore, the trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


In 1952 he took his band to San Francisco for a residency at the Hangover Club, then began to tour around the United States. In the 1960s he repeatedly toured Europe and Japan, and many young clarinetists patterned their style strongly after that of Lewis. While in New Orleans, he played regularly at Preservation Hall until shortly before his death in his home town. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Preservation Hall is a noted jazz performance hall located at 726 St. ...


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George Lewis (clarinetist) (486 words)
George Lewis (13 July, 1900 - 31 December, 1969) was a jazz clarinetist who achieved his greatest fame and influence in his later decades of life.
Lewis, almost totally unknown outside of New Orleans, impressed many listeners, and he made his first recordings under his own name for American Music Records.
Lewis was an enthusiastic admirer of Armstrong's music and collected his records (although Lewis's own jazz style remained solidly of the pre-Armstrong variety); the Armstrong Hot 5's "Savoy Blues" (credited to Kid Ory) is especially evident in "Burgundy Street".
George Lewis (clarinetist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (498 words)
George Lewis (13 July 1900 – 31 December 1969) was a jazz clarinetist who achieved his greatest fame and influence in his later decades of life.
Lewis, almost totally unknown outside of New Orleans, impressed many listeners, and he made his first recordings under his own name for American Music Records.
Lewis was an enthusiastic admirer of Armstrong's music and collected his records (although Lewis's own jazz style remained solidly of the pre-Armstrong variety); the Armstrong Hot 5's "Savoy Blues" (credited to Kid Ory) is especially evident in "Burgundy Street".
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