Born and raised in the Jazz-ridden New Orleans streets, Connee (Connie) Boswell, and her two other sisters, Martha and Vet, learned to pluck and toot almost every instrument used in popular and vocal Jazz. The Boswell sisters even appeared with the New Orleans Philharmonic at a very young age, but their main focus was vocally. It was in 1925 when they cut their own record, and soon after, started to tour the United States, appearing on radio. Here and there on their busy trek across the country, they found time to record albums, which built up their popularity to such a point, that they were even getting respectful gestures from Jazz giants, such as Benny Goodman and Eddie Lang.
Connee was the ring leader of the trio, usually devising innovative charts of Jazz that were chock full unexpected changes in tempo, rhythm, and key. This left the audience's thirst for Jazz quenched, but only to the point where, on their ride home, they would want more! Connee was so into her music that some believed that she was a direct descendant of Jazz itself, the Jazz Queen herself. In 1936, all the sisters got married, and Vet and Martha retired. Connie, on the other hand, even though she cut solo albums while with the group, directed her entire focus on her solo career.


I ripped only the vocal tracks with Connee.


thomasm said...

Welcome back from vacation Daniel. I too just returned from a trip. We went to New Orleans to do free legal work (pro bono) for people who lost their houses in Hurricane Katrina. So it was great fun to return home and find this wonderful music from a daughter of New Orleans--Connie Boswell. Hearing The Saints Go Marching In brings back fond memories of this past week and of a city that still needs much help. Thank you--Tom

soilworker said...

Usually I'm not that into New Orleans trumpet sounds but this album - or at least those vocal tracks with Connie Boswell - is fun!

jayh said...

This is lively and fun to listen to. Thanks.