Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project: Interview with Frankie Roberts
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Roberts grew up in Albion, Nebraska. He began playing the clarinet with a local band before going on the road with a band in 1922. He first came to Minneapolis in 1924 when he played with Bill Ackerman's Band at the Marigold Ballroom. He played with a variety musicians including George Osborne, Les Beigel, Glenn Miller, and Jake Heidrich. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: First introduction to jazz music; early days playing with bands; moving to Minneapolis; Musician's Rest; improvisation; playing with George Osborne, Glenn Miller and others; musician's union; campus bands; the Depression; Jake Heidrich; drugs and alcohol during the 1920s and 1930s; the later days of his musical career; George Barton; Red Dougherty (Or Maddox?); society bands.
Quantity 12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewee: Roberts, Frankie
Interviewer: Warmington, Carl
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 09/28/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 129
Accession Number AV1989.137.4
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project'

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