Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau

by Oscar "Papa" CelestinOscar "Papa" Celestin


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Papa Celestin and New Orleans Band was one of the most popular jazz groups for a short while in the early '50s. The veteran trumpeter (who was in his mid-sixties but seemed older) performed spirited versions of New Orleans standards, even getting to play once at the White House in the Eisenhower years (a rare event during that era for a jazz band). This CD from GHB combines together two former LPs. Celestin is heard mostly singing on four numbers from 1954 (his final recordings are highlighted by the atmospheric title cut and an emotional "Down by the Riverside") and jamming with his sextet (a group including the ancient, but still viable, clarinetist Alphonse Picou) on ten Dixieland standards in 1950-1951. The liner notes may be a bit irrelevant (not even giving the recording dates), pianist Octave Crosby gets lost now and then, and the ensembles sometimes slip out of tune, but the spirit and the joy of the music make this definitive Oscar Celestin CD a must for New Orleans jazz fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/1995
Label: Ghb Jazz Foundation
UPC: 0762247510628
catalogNumber: 106
Rank: 46986

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar "Papa" Celestin   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Sidney Brown   Bass
Richard Alexis   Bass
Jeanette Kimball   Piano
Bill Matthews   Trombone
Joe Thomas   Clarinet
Octave Crosby   Piano
Christopher "Black Happy" Goldston   Drums
Alphonse Picou   Clarinet
Albert French   Banjo
Adolphe Alexander   Alto Saxophone
Edward Pierson   Trombone
Papa Celestin & New Orleans Band   Track Performer
Louis Barbarin   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Barry Martyn   Producer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Jon P. Pult   Liner Notes
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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