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Oral History and Research Materials: Claude Abney

This is the table of contents for the interview of Claude Abney. It is part of the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive which is located in Lovejoy Library at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

For a complete contents list of all musician interviews for the oral history project, please click on this link: Oral History and Research Materials.


If interested in reviewing these materials from the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive, please contact Therese Dickman, Fine Arts Librarian.

Tape # Side

Time

Subject

1 a

015-074

Birth, Parents, Musical influence of father

1 a

075-124

Musical memories, Liberty Burlesque House

1 a

125-196

Musical training, father as a professional musician, Banjo teacher Lee Fowler

1 a

197-226

Bands heard on radio which may have influenced

1 a

227-261

Country-Western groups, KXOK, playing bass-1937

1 a

262-279

Begins big band music

1 a

280-323

Leaves St. Louis for Detroit, 1941, union member

1 a

324-460

Marriage, children, draft status, Ben Young's Band, Oriole Terrace, hours, pay, band personnel

1 a

461-473

Musicians and show people who came to Detroit

1 a

474-491

Left Young's band, other clubs played

1 a

492-502

Type of music played

1 a

503-555

Casanova Club

1 a

556-587

Jam sessions, after hours clubs

1 a

588-614

Roxy Show Bar, Hank Jones

1 a

615-650

Jazz Bands visiting Detroit

1 a

651-663

Musician friends

1 a

664-678

Count Basie's Band

1 a

679-714

Michigan Theater, Detroit Ballrooms

1 a

715-740

Booking Offices

1 b

002-040

Leaving Detroit, moving back to St. Louis

1 b

041-104

Dixie Five Band, Wyoming Show Bar

1 b

105-163

Call from Pee Wee Hunt's Band

1 b

164-244

Personnel of Hunt Band, jobs in Detroit

1 b

245-307

Travel with Hunt Band, especially Puerto Rico

1 b

308-517

Same

1 b

518-552

Art Moranz

1 b

553-582

Hank Biagini Band

1 b

583-662

Bob-Lo Boat

1 b

663-706

Return to St. Louis

1 b

671-731

Conclusion, remarks about project etc., Not Transcribed

1 b

707-713

Musician's Unions

1 b

714-723

Lake Resorts in Michigan

2 a

009-045

Job with Maloney Electric, retirement

2 a

046-132

Current jobs, Joe Wray Trio, City Lights band

2 a

133-179

Big events in St. Louis musical life, Sal Ferrante

2 a

180-228

Russ David

2 a

229-271

Bands that came to St. Louis

2 a

272-297

Jonah Jones

2 a

298-349

Other Detroit Groups played with, Georgia Auld

2 a

350-390

Jonah Jones visit to St. Louis

2 a

391-434

Caliber of jazz musicians in St. Louis and Detroit

2 a

435-449

Hottest jazz musicians

2 a

450-497

Meeting Walter Page-Abney's idol

2 a

498-528

Traveling with Pee Wee Hunt

2 a

529-608

Other musicians making impression on Abney, humorous incidents

2 a

609-666

Arcadia Ballroom, Casa Loma Ballroom, touring bands

2 a

667-749

Pee Wee Hunt, traveling with, working for, leaving

2 b

002-067

Pee Wee Hunt, leaving, new material

2 b

068-105

Impact of radio and records on musicians

2 b

106-126

Future of Dixieland music

2 b

127-143

Boats of Mississippi River

2 b

144-165

First public performance

2 b

166-196

First paid job, family appearance, musical inclinations

2 b

197-347

Black musicians he and his father worked with and listened to in St. Louis

2 b

348-364

Detroit

2 b

365-377

Claude's father

2 b

378-428

Black bands and musicians

2 b

429-455

How he would live life over

2 b

456-543

Musician friends, Sal Ferrante, Benny Weber

2 b

544-670

His father's jobs, support of Claude's music


E-mail comments and inquiries about the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive to Therese Dickman at tdickma@siue.edu or call 618-650-2695.