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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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Primrose and Dockstader’s Minstrels 1912–14

Primrose and Dockstader’s Minstrels 1912–14

(p.78) 7 Primrose and Dockstader’s Minstrels 1912–14
That Moaning Saxophone

Bruce Vermazen

Oxford University Press

From mid-1912 to April 1914, the Six Brown Brothers were an act in the olio or variety segment of Primrose and Dockstader's Minstrels, which headlined George Primrose and Lew Dockstader, whose careers stretched back to the 1870s. Tom doubled as an end man. The show is described. By this time the Brothers included William Brown and Harry Fink (born Finklestein; 1889-1951), along with Tom, Fred, Alex, and Verne Brown, and began to stick mostly or entirely to saxophone playing and to nurture their legend as pioneers of the saxophone. Theresa Valerio bore Thomas Alexander Brown (Tom Brown Jr.) on November 17, 1912. The demise of big time minstrelsy and its possible causes are discussed.

Keywords:   Six Brown Brothers, Dockstader's Minstrels, minstrelsy, George Primrose, Lew Dockstader, Harry Fink, Theresa Valerio, Tom Brown Jr, saxophone playing

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