How the Creole Band Came to Be

Black Music Research Journal

This essay explores the way New Orleans jazz was disseminated throughout the country, taking the Creole Band as a case study. This group included legendary jazz musicians Freddy Keppard and George Bacquet, was a popular vaudeville act, and traveled earlier and more widely than its New Orleans peers. Yet the Creole Band has had far less historical documentation and discussion. The authors address this gap by examining notice of the Creole Band in the white theatrical press.

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burlesque, Creole Band, early jazz history, jazz history, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland, ODJB, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, San Francisco, vaudeville