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post Apr 21 2007, 09:11 AM
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Have you heard any great street musicians?

I wonder if musicians were reduced to this during the depression.

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post Apr 21 2007, 06:24 PM
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Tremendous--the title of the tune they are playing, by the way, is Blowin' Off Steam. Just confirms I still think they're the best re-creators! Sure wish we could find something like that today in the US! They wouldn't be on the street for long--of course, I know they play in paid venues, but I've often tho't simply playing outdoors for the benefits of passers-by is a neat thing. Actually, I do recall in Houston last year a fairly good saxophonist playing for the crowd both coming and going to church and to a ball game.

After playing it again, I noticed what looks like a miniature tuba-bell coming from the violin around the back of the violinist's head. Wonder if that's vintage? It looks just like the kind of thing that the 20's would have produced!

Another thing is the reaction of the crowd--they seem to appreciate it, but are probably perplexed at the concept of an actual, identifiable melody being played. Some seem completely impassive, too, which is incomprehensible to me. In the 20's everyone would immediately begin dancing.

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post Apr 21 2007, 08:41 PM
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Wonder if that Violin with the bell is what is called a "Stroh Violin"?
They had a small bell attached to the sounding board of the instrument to give
a louder sound for acoustical recordings up thru the advent of electrical recording, though there
are Stroh's being played today I gather. But seems to me the Stroh had a more of a cone-shaped
bell than the flared looking one in the film.


"BLOWING OFF STEAM" (Davis/Johnson) ... "New Orleans Owls" ... Nov. 8, 1926 ...

Personell: Bill Padron - Cornet; Frank Netto - Trombone; Benjie White - Clarinet/Alto Sax; Pinky Vidacovich - Clarinet/Alto Sax;
Lester Smith - Tenor Sax; Sigfre Christensen - Piano; Rene Gelpi - Banjo/Guitar; Dan LeBlanc - Brass Bass; Earl Crumb - Drums

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