In the fifth part of Early Years of Jazz, we learn about the legendary Buddy Bolden, who never recorded. At least one band has worked to reconstruct of the Buddy Bolden sound, which included swinging ‘hot’ music with wicked lyrics.
Bolden’s career was cut short because he developed a form of dementia and was confined to the state insane asylum at Jackson. I drove past Jackson twice today, on the way to and from the state penitentiary at Angola.
This is the raciest section of the documentary, with pictures from Storyville. Have you heard “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (So Your No-good Man Will Never Know)”? The sixth and final clip of this series is here, and all of these clips are from the first episode of Ken Burns’ PBS series, Jazz. Here is a slightly longer cut on Bolden, that overlaps somewhat with the one we have just seen.
In case you wonder why I went to Angola, it was to attend the spring crafts fair. It reminds me of country fairs in Latin America, and it is a far better venue in which to relax and exchange news than the visiting shed. One of my friends has a booth there, and today his sign said, GOING HOME SALE.