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Nick LaRocca : Nick LaRocca – 1960

Trumpeter Scott Black is a miracle man of sorts, saving and collecting one-of-a-kind private home recordings that would otherwise be lost to history. On his Kazoo Lips label, his four CDs of oddities and rarities include two notable releases. Nick LaRocca – 1960 issues a tape made by LaRocca for author Phil Evans, allegedly about Bix Beiderbecke who he lavishly praises. The founder and trumpeter of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who had retired from playing two decades earlier, rants quite a bit about his place in the history of jazz. He does put up an interesting argument, uses recorded examples and is certainly sincere, but he fails to convince me that jazz was founded by white musicians in Chicago.

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