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Lloyd Smith

Lloyd Smith

Woodwind jazz musician and influential instructor

Birth: May 28, 1914?

Death: April 8, 1999

Birthplace: Lexington, KY

Date of Interview: February 24, 1982 (Narrator's Home)

March 10, 1982 (SIUE)

Interviewers: W. Deane Wiley (2/24/82)

Dan Havens(3/10/82)

Lloyd Smith graduated from Sumner High School and continued advanced music studies. He performed with Fate Marable, Charles Creath and Dewey Jackson on the riverboats and with Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks. He distinguished himself as lead alto saxophonist and flutist with Earl Hines' Orchestra and substituted for Johnny Hodges in Duke Ellington's Orchestra in 1947. Mr. Smith also operated his own music studio. Among his students were his sons, Dwayne and Dwight Bosman, the popular Bosman Twins of St. Louis. Other notable students were John Coltrane, Chad Evans, Gerald DeClue, and Hammiet Blewett. In 1997, a tribute to Lloyd Smith was held; it was attended by more than 700 people.


This is the table of contents for the interview of Lloyd Smith. 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

021-046

Birth, Date & Place; Family; Start in Music

1 a

047-059

Music lessons; violin

1 a

060-102

Move to St. Louis; Parents

1 a

103-126

Interest in saxophone; first lessons

1 a

127-164

hearing Louis Armstrong and other musicians

1 a

165-189

Junior High Band; Summer High School

1 a

190-204

First paying job - high school

1 a

205-230

Professional jobs; Musicians

1 a

231-240

Watermelon Barbecue

1 a

241-315

Joins Musicians union; union troubles

1 a

316-324

First "named" bands; Johnny White Mose Wiley

1 a

325-384

Rube Floyd Band; musicians, pay, hours, traveling

1 a

385-425

Eddie Randle and His Seven Blue Devils

1 a

426-449

Eddie Johnson Band

1 a

450-466

Reading music

1 a

467-476

Eddie Johnson

1 a

477-488

Jeter-Pillars; George Hudson

1 a

498-513

Chicago train excursion

1 a

514-534

Eddie Johnson Band; travel

1 a

535-553

Racial prejudice

1 a

554-589

Dress, pay, means of travel

1 a

590-605

George Hudson Band

1 a

606-648

River boats; Fate Marable Band; New Orleans

1 a

649-674

Blues Singers; other bands

1 a

675-683

Marable as a musician and a leader

1 a

684-703

Charlie Creath; Dewey Jackson

1 a

704-719

Personnel - marriages and bands

1 a

720-750

White musicians and bands

1 b

005-020

George Hudson Band

1 b

021-249

Earl Hines Band - traveling, recording, instruments, pay, Hines as leader, discoverer of talent; band members

1 b

250-279

Leaves Hines; St. Louis - Musicians Club

1 b

280-304

"May Tatum" Beverly White

1 b

305-329

Close Musicians club; work for Colonial Bakery & Union

1 b

330-359

NOT TRANSCRIBED - discuss Jazz Archive and collection

1 b

360-400

St. Louis Symphony; playing now

1 b

401-425

Teaching music; looking at memorabilia

1 b

426-453

Armstrong and other musicians Smith knew

1 b

454-460

Drug use by musicians

1 b

461-499

Mrs. Smith

1 b

500-550

Types of jazz; definition of "Dixieland"

1 b

551-603

Chicago Symphony; Hines now; Effects of depression

1 b

604-639

Prejudice; treatment of black musicians

1 b

640-658

Grandparents; ancestors

1 b

659-713

Best bands, Basie, Lunceford

1 b

714-722

Teaching; Hudson, oral history project

1 b

732-end

Blank

2 a

004-134

First professional job; Rube Floyd

2 a

135-206

Theaters, talking pictures, dances, types of music

2 a

207-286

Eddie Randle Band; instruments, musicians, tunes

2 a

287-348

Jimmy Blanton - influence; Wendell Marshall

2 a

349-381

Randle Band

2 a

382-439

Eddie Johnson Crackerjack Band

2 a

440-484

Jeter-Pillars; George Hudson

2 a

485-545

Crackerjack Band, personnel; Fats Waller

2 a

546-575

Benny Washington, Cab Calloway, Don Stovall

2 a

576-601

Dewey Jackson Band, Riverboats, and New Orleans

2 a

602-629

Singleton Palmer; Jackson as a leader

2 a

630-655

Alphonso Trent; Charlie Creath

2 a

656-688

Hawaiian Social Club excursions to Chicago: Jessie Johnson

2 a

689-723

Ballroom jobs in South; New Orleans, boats

2 a

724-753

Recording, show work; substitute with Ellington

2 b

003-149

Earl Hines as leader

2 b

150-213

West Coast and Canada with Hines

2 b

214-257

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

2 b

258-297

Big stars Smith worked behind, Sinatra, Harry James, etc.

2 b

298-331

Detroit, Graystone Ballroom, Jean Goldkette

2 b

332-353

Recording with Hines, Hines as discoverer of talent

2 b

354-417

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie; Drugs in music Business

2 b

418-431

Female musicians

2 b

432-479

Wilbur Kirk; evaluation of drummers

2 b

480-499

Various instruments with Hines; Gillespie; Clark Terry

2 b

500-540

Ellington band

2 b

541-589

Lunceford, Basie Kenton - changes in big bands

2 b

590-670

St. Louis Bands; Cecil Scott, Fate Marable

2 b

671-709

Music heard as a youngster

2 b

710-722

Lessons, training, practicing, other bands

2 b

723-750

Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Rochelle, Lucky Millender

3 a

012-052

New York City; comparison of musicians

3 a

053-089

Theater Acts

3 a

090-130

Havens with Buck & Bubbles (actually Butterbeans & Susie)

3 a

131-204

Lena Horne, other singers

3 a

205-277

Leaving Hines band; Starting Musicians Club

3 a

278-301

Gas Light Square, G Clef Club

3 a

302-330

Leaving Hines Band, other musicians

3 a

331-354

Effects of formal education on musicians

3 a

355-370

Smith's music collection and equipment

3 a

371-408

Mixed bands; prejudice

3 a

409-500

Gangsters, prostitutes

3 a

501-547

"May Tatum", Beverly White

3 a

548-559

Teddy Wilson; "carving sessions"

3 a

560-624

Musicians unions

3 a

625-659

Black - white relations; Prejudice

3 a

660-712

Movie work with Hines ; arrangements, musicians

3 a

713-740

Arranging, demise of shows and vaudeville

3 a

741-749

Louis Jordan

3 b

002-039

Ahmad Jamal. stage names, nicknames

3 b

040-089

King Cole

3 b

090-151

Types of instruments, sound

3 b

152-186

Young musicians

3 b

187-216

NOT TRANSCRIBED

3 b

217-424

Music training, environment, college programs, teaching of music

3 b

425-506

Earl Warren, Trummy Young, various clarinet players


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

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