Kid Ory on the Record: A Centennial Celebration of the Historic 1922 Sunshine

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2022

LAPLACE — In May 1922 Kid Ory’s Jazz Band entered Andrae Nordskog’s studio in Santa Monica and made the first recording of a Black New Orleans Jazz Band. The 1811 Kid Ory Historic House is marking this historic occasion with a performance by Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band.

Hal Smith leads this band modeled on the musicality of the Ory’s Creole Jazz Band. The event is being taped for a future documentary on the import of the 1922 Kid Ory recordings. Ory biographer and museum founder John McCusker will offer brief remarks on the historic significance and context of the recordings and will also discuss the early, mechanical recording process. Then Blaine Miller will supervise a mechanical recording (no microphones!) of the On the Levee Band directly onto a wax cylinder using a century old Edison Phonograph.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP early to make sure you have a spot.

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