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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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Struggling into the Big Time

Struggling into the Big Time

(p.51) 5 Struggling into the Big Time
That Moaning Saxophone

Bruce Vermazen

Oxford University Press

After a description of vaudeville c.1905, especially its organization into circuits and its division into big time and small time, this chapter traces the vaudeville career of the succession of multi-instrumental musical acts involving Tom Brown and his brothers, from their earliest known tour (1905) until their flowering as the Six Brown Brothers in 1911. During the 1909-10 season, the Five Brown Brothers toured with a burlesque show called Broadway Gaiety Girls. During 1910-11, they toured the Orpheum circuit and played at the Folies Bergere nightclub in Manhattan.

Keywords:   Tom Brown, Five Brown Brothers, Broadway Gaiety Girls, burlesque show, Folies Bergere, multi-instrumental

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