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Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project: Interview with James Alexander Robb, Jr.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: James "Jimmy" Robb was raised in a very musical family. He played primarily guitar after studying music at the MacPhail School of Music and later at Carleton College. Robb worked in Minneapolis as a free lance guitarist playing with such orchestras as Lou Breese, Jack Malerich, Norby Mulligan, Dick Long, Art Goldberg, and W.C.C.O. He also organized his own orchestra, Jimmy Robb's Orchestra playing at the Minneapolis Athletic Club and the Minikahda Club. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; growing up in a musical family; being a self taught musician; playing in non jazz bands and starting to play jazz; buying his band; booking Twin Cities jobs; popular styles that were often requested such as Dixieland; drinking and playing; playing during the Depression; the members of his band; recording for commercials; jam sessions; Battle of Music competitions; directing the band; head arrangements; Harlan Ebert.
1.5 hours sound cassette
14 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
00:40:30 running time
Interviewee: Robb, James Alexander Jr.
Interviewer: Warmington, Carl
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 129 (Library Call Number)
AV1992.11 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project'