The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #22


The Book-Nook Jazzophiles
(featuring Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke on cornet)

7 comments :

swac said...

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a young Hoagy Carmichael on trombone? (This was around the time Bix and Hoagy became friends at Indiana University.)

I know Hoagy attempted to play cornet for a while, maybe he's just posing with the trombone due to lack of a piano.

D T said...

Don't know if that's Hoagy, but the Book Nook was a popular hangout on the Indiana University campus in those days. Supposedly Hoagy wrote "Stardust" at the Book Nook.

Harry Kay said...

Real question, what's the snake for?

swac said...

It accompanied their rendition of Mad About the Boa.

JonCow said...

Is that your trombone slide, or are you just glad to see me?

finnandnaeva said...

Actually this is Jean Goldkette Orchestra not the Book-Nook Jazzophiles. The photo was taken at the Bronx Zoo, NYC, in October , 1926. Hoagy isnt present. The trombone players are Spiegle Willcox and Bill Rank (Bill is the one behind the snake guy).Incidentally the only know film footage of Bix is also from this same Zoo trip.

finnandnaeva said...

This photo and the last one in your series, the one with all the dudes on the roof of the bus? Its the same trip, the Autumn tour of 1926. Have a look at the guy on the bonnet of the bus, Steve Brown the bass player, he's holding a 45!