12 November 2014

Post 145: 'TUXEDO RAG'

My effort to produce a lead sheet for Tuxedo Rag (by ear) resulted in this.

I do not know how accurately my effort represents the tune as played by trad jazz bands.

I think the tune is associated with and probably composed by the bandleader 'Papa' Oscar Celestin and dates from about 1923. Celestin was born in 1884 and moved to New Orleans, where he ran the band at the Tuxedo Dance Hall. Even after the dance hall closed, he continued to call his band the 'Tuxedo' Jazz Band.