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That Moaning SaxophoneThe Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze$
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Bruce Vermazen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.001.0001

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Once a Legend

Once a Legend

(p.3) 1 Once a Legend
That Moaning Saxophone

Bruce Vermazen

Oxford University Press

This chapter briefly describes the Six Brown Brothers at their professional zenith (1914-1923) and explains their legendary status as the originators of the saxophone craze. It then summarizes and theorizes about the history of the saxophone's acceptance in North America from its first known appearance (1853), through its use in brass bands, minstrel shows, circuses, and vaudeville, until its adoption by the Brothers c.1906. The beginning of the saxophone craze (c.1915) is described and theorized. Finally, the book's approach to telling the story of the Six Brown Brothers is outlined.

Keywords:   Six Brown Brothers, saxophone craze, brass bands, minstrel shows, circuses, vaudeville

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