Riverboats and Jazz

Title

Riverboats and Jazz

Publisher

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Contributor

Hogan Jazz Archive

Rights

Physical rights are retained by the Hogan Jazz Archive. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.

Items in the Riverboats and Jazz Collection

Pictured here is the riverboat J.S., named after Captain John Streckfus, the man most responsible for developing the connection between dance music and riverboats on the Mississippi. Streckfus began his Acme Packet Company in Rock Island, Illinois,…

Without a doubt the most famous riverboat bandleader was Fate Marable (1890-1947). Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Marable was hired as a musician by Captain John Streckfus in 1907 and remained with the company until 1940. His first assignment was as a…

The Sidney was commissioned in 1911 and remained in the Streckfus fleet under that name until 1924, when it was renamed the Washington. This was the first boat to feature a New Orleans band on the river, and it helped to spread the word about the…

The bands that played on the Streckfus riverboats provided music for dancing in a wonderfully elaborate setting. Baby Dodds remembered that Marable's band "played strictly for dancing. We played all the standards of the day and we used to make the…

The popularity of Marable's New Orleans band may have been the reason for its transfer to a bigger boat in 1920. The Capitol was the largest of the Streckfus riverboats and was brand new when this photograph was taken. The musicians pictured here…