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Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden
(September 6th 1877 - November 4th 1931)

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This clip from Art Ford's Jazz Party, originally broadcast on Christmas eve 1958, features a tribute to famed turn of the century New Orleans Jazz legend Buddy Bolden with a performance opening with "Basin Street Blues" and continuing on with "When The Saints Go Marching In" and "Buddy Bolden Blues". -For (Part 2) Click Here.

The band is made up of New Orleans musicians who played in the same era as Bolden featuring Punch Miller trumpet & vocals, Louis Nelson trombone, George Lewis and Alphonse Picou clarinets, 'Sweet' Emma Barrett piano, Peter Bocage violin, George Guesnon banjo, Alcide Pavageau double bass, and Paul Barbarin drums.

Born in September 1877 in New Orleans Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden was a cornet player who is credited with the development of a style of ragtime that would come to be known as jazz.

After his seven year reign as the most popular entertainer in the city between 1900 and 1907, Bolden suffered an episode of acute alcoholic psychosis at the age of thirty.

Later diagnosed with schizophrenia he was admitted to the Louisiana State Insane Asylum at Jackson, where he remained for the rest of his life.



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