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Oral History and Research Materials: Leon Smith

This is the table of contents for the interview of Leon 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

005-085

Parents, early musical background, parents' music

1 a

086-119

Father's death, sister and brother

1 a

120-176

Change from fiddle to trumpet, lessons, St. Louis and San Francisco

1 a

177-187

Influence of other musicians

1 a

188-210

Tony and His Six Sharps, first real band job

1 a

211-230

Golden Gate Theater, CIO Union Hall ham sessions

1 a

231-260

Revival of Bunk Johnson

1 a

261-295

Influence of CIO Union Hall on his music

1 a

296-3316

Job at Clear Lake, daytime jobs

1 a

317-394

Leaves Clear Lake, returns to San Francisco, welding job

1 a

395-430

Goes east - St. Louis, Paducah, Kentucky

1 a

431-449

Odd jobs, washing dishes, waiting table, welding

1 a

450-496

Job at Johnny's Seven Mile House

1 a

497-593

Wedge Night Club job, hours, pay, meets future wife

1 a

594-615

Amateur show at wedge, leaves to go to Florida

1 a

616-644

Fight and trouble at the Wedge

1 a

645-655

Study of music

1 a

656-704

Florida, Fort Meyers, Naples

1 a

705-724

Return to St. Louis, purchase taxi cab

1 a

725-731

St. Louis University, jobs around St. Louis

1 b

004-197

Pictures of bands and musicians

1 b

198-216

Return to St. Louis

1 b

217-326

Lack of jobs through union, odd jobs

1 b

327-346

Best playing, Al Davis Silver Log Cabin, most fun, no responsibilities; Best money, Wedge Night Club

1 b

347-368

Sell cab, moves to Grafton

1 b

369-392

East - side musicians unions

1 b

393-444

Current music activities, other jobs

1 b

445-459

Interviewer explains oral history project


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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