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Riverboats and Jazz

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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

The Streckfus Steamboat Line
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,…

Fate Marable's New Orleans Band on the S.S. Sidney
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 S. S. Sidney
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…

Interior of the S. S. Sidney
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…

Marable's New Orleans Band on the S. S. Capitol
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…

The S. S. Capitol
In the 1920's, the Capitol became the flagship of the Streckfus musical excursions. Typically, the steamers followed three routes from St. Louis on the seasonal trips to St. Paul, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans. Although these "tramps" consisted…

Ed Allen's Band on the S. S. Capitol
Ed Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1897 and "took up" trumpet at age nineteen while he was living in St. Louis. Like many of the black "reading" musicians in that town, Allen found work on the Streckfus riverboats, and about 1924 he was…

Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
During the 1920's, the importance of work on the riverboats became the pretext for the creation of an African-American local of the American Federation of Musicians in New Orleans. While groups led by Fate Marable, Charlie Creath, and Dewey Jackson…

Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
Pictured above is the Sam Morgan Jazz Band, including (from left to right) Nolan Williams, Isaiah Morgan, Jim Robinson, Sam Morgan, Earl Fouche, Sidney Brown, Andrew Morgan, and Johnny Dave. The Morgan band was another New Orleans group which worked…

Desvigne's Bandsmen on the S. S. Island Queen
Like many New Orleans jazzmen, cornetist Sidney Desvigne learned a lot about music working on the riverboats with Fate Marable (he did some of the solo work on the 1924 recording of "Frankie and Johnny," along with Amos White), but his first job for…