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  • 12. Nick LaRocca - Jazz Walk of Fame

    The phonograph took New Orleans jazz from the city streets and dance halls to the attention of the world. The first Jazz record was made in New York on February 26th, 1917 by a group of New Orleans musicians calling themselves the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. It sold more than a million copies. Led by cornetist Nick LaRocca, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band contributed tunes such as "Tiger Rag" and "Clarinet Marmalade" to the traditional jazz repertoire and inspired both white and black musicians back in New Orleans. This is what the New Orleans Times-Picayune said about "Livery Stable Blues" the first jazz record, "Here is positively the greatest dance record ever issued. Made by New Orleans musicians for New Orleans people, it has all the 'swing' and 'pep' and 'spirit' that is so characteristic of the bands whose names are a by-word at New Orleans dances." Members of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band were Nick LaRocca, cornet, Edwin Edwards, trombone, Larry Shield, trumpet, Tony Sbarbaro, drums, and Henry Rodriguez, piano.