Four New Orleans Jazz Babies at Halfway House, ca. 1920. L-R: Emmett “ Buck” Rogers, Abbie Brunies, Mickey Marcour and Emile (Stalebread) Lacoume.
In the April 26th, 1919 edition of Literary Digest, page 47 in the “Personal Glimpses” section, there’s a story of a blind newsboy in New Orleans known to his gang as “Stale Bread”. He had picked up a violin from a passing minstral show and learned to play. He was always saddened and melancholy and one day hit upon a new kind of music. A Music so wild and swinging and ear catching he played while he sold newspapers on the street corner. Soon his fellow gang members picked up any instrument they could find and joined in his playing this new music until there were 5 playing and were called “Stale Bread’s Spasms Band”. Many years passed as their music of the street and the underworld penetrated into the homes, clubs and restaurants of New Orleans. This is how the music began, before it was known as “jazz”. This history originated 20 years before this column was written as fact by Mr. Joseph K. Gorman the man who is known as introducing jazz to Chicago.
Jack was The Beat… author, poet, and painter, he witnessed the birth of Bebop. He heard bop being played in Chicago’s Loop and NewYorks 52nd. St. He was the voice of the Beat Generation. He was The American Haiku.
His Famous On The Road novel originally written in scroll form, one continuous sheet written in just about 3 weeks in April1951 from his Manhatten apt. A novel of freedom and self discovery. His History of Bop speaks of a time lost.
It’s quite different
It’s called Bop.