Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project: Interview with Art Landry
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Family background. Art Landry's Symphonic Sextet - forming the orchestra; playing at the Curtis Hotel; meeting Eddie King of His Master's Voice (eventually became RCA); getting recorded; Art Landry's Call of the North on WLAG radio; the band. The Main Street Follies - playing for; George Alabama Florida; forming the band; Boyce Cullen. Booking bands. Stage presentation. Art Landry and his Minstrels. Buying and using private train cars. National Vaudeville Association. Playing for Al Jolson. Buying stock in His Master's Voice. Working during the Depression. Paul Whiteman, George M. Cohan, Perry Como, George Gershwin. Comments on recordings. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Landry Family Orchestra; being a concert violinist; starting his own orchestra; Art Landry's Symphonic Sextet; negative connotations of the word jazz; auditioning for Mr. Mellany; getting reviewed in Variety; signing a record deal and recording; performing on the radio; booking bands and venues; touring and traveling Canada, United States, and Mexico; National American Musicians Union; paying the musicians; stage sets; playing with Al Jolson; barnstorming; playing with Paul Whiteman; Vaudeville acts; The Call of the North Orchestra; recording studios.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
46 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:45:56 running time
Creation Interviewee: Landry, Art
Interviewer: Warmington, Carl
Made in Florida, United States
Subjects Made in Florida, United States
Dates Creation: 05/08/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 129
Accession Number AV1989.137.3
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project'

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