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The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra

by The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra

The authentic period dance music that was performed by the premier society orchestra of the 1890's in New Orleans, the actual music that formed the building blocks for what was to later become jazz music.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brother Gardner's Cakewalk
2:57 $0.99
2. Island Garden Schottische
3:40 $0.99
3. Festive Quadrille: Le Pantalon
0:47 $0.99
4. Festive Quadrille: L'ete'
1:03 $0.99
5. Festive Quadrille: La Poule
1:17 $0.99
6. Festive Quadrille: La Pastourelle
1:12 $0.99
7. Festive Quadrille: Finale
1:01 $0.99
8. At a Georgia Camp Meeting
3:24 $0.99
9. Colonial Girl Waltzes
5:26 $0.99
10. Nordica Schottisch
5:01 $0.99
11. Salutation Quadrille: Le Pantalon
0:54 $0.99
12. Salutation Quadrille: L'ete
0:45 $0.99
13. Salutation Quadrille: La Poule
1:12 $0.99
14. Salutation Quadrille: La Pastourelle
0:52 $0.99
15. Salutation Quadrille: Finale
1:38 $0.99
16. Under the Double Eagle
3:46 $0.99
17. Mississippi Rag
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
John Robichaux (1866-1939) was a Creole musician who specialized in the violin. He began his career in New Orleans playing bass drum with the Excelsior Brass Band in 1891. For 34 years, from 1893 through to 1927 he led his own band, the John Robichaux Dance Orchestra, which was considered the premier society orchestra in the Crescent City. Members of his group were highly educated creoles who would become the teachers for a generation of New Orleans musicians, who would in turn become jazz music’s pioneers. During the early years of the Robichaux Orchestra’s tenure, New Orleans trumpeter Buddy Bolden's upcoming band was their rival, playing a freer, more improvisational “ragtime”style, and in hindsight they are considered by many to be the first “jazz” band. Though Bolden was all the rage in certain segments of the population, Robichaux remained at the apex of local popularity without any adulteration of his musical standards

The selections on this CD represent a cross section of the repertoire that the group was performing between 1895 and 1899, in the years just prior to the advent of “ragtime”. This music, some of which has never been recorded and not performed for more than a century, represents the building blocks of the new American music that would eventually become jazz. 1) Brother Gardner’s Cakewalk - 1898 Joseph Gearen 2) Island Garden Schottische - 1899 Robert Browne Hall 3) Festive Quadrille - 1895 N.J.Spring 4) At A Georgie Camp Meeting - 1897 K. Mills 5) Colonial Girl Waltzes - 1899 C. L.Van Baar 6) Nordica Schottische- 1898 H.O. Wheeler 7) Salutation Quadrille - 1896 R.B.Hall 8) Under the Double Eagle - 1894 J. F. Wagner 9) Mississippi Rag -1897 W.H. Krell Recorded January 31, 2014 at Word of Mouth Studios, New Orleans, LA Engineered and mixed by Tim Stambaugh - Mastered by Cale Pellick Special thanks to the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA for their invaluable assistance in accessing the Robichaux library

The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra is composed of some of New Orleans foremost traditional jazz musicians. Leader Tom Hook was able to access the original John Robichaux library, which is housed a the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans. Transcribing the original arrangements for modern instruments, the ensemble is able to faithfully re-create the sounds of the premier society orchestra in New Orleans in the years prior to the birth of ragtime and jazz. Drawing largely upon European ballroom dance music, the Robichaux library in the mid 1890's was composed largely of marches, waltzes, schottisches, cakewalks, and quadrilles; the very music that would become the foundations of ragtime, and subsequently New Orleans jazz.
TDeeDee Chandler, Charley McCurdy, John Robichaux, Wendall MacNeil. BaptisteDeLisle, James Wilson, James MacNeil, Henry Kimble Sr.

Tom Hook - Piano / Conductor

Wendell Brunious Cornet

Tom Saunders Bass Viol

Tom Fischer Clarinet

Jay Hagan Cornet

Matt Rhody Violin

Rex Gregory Woodwinds

Karl Budo Drums

Rick Trolsen Trombone



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