For clarinet and New Orleans geeks

I have collected a few articles and informative pages for nerds like myself. I’m always on the hunt for information about the music I play and the clarinets I use. It’s also confusing. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I still have to investigate whether the fabulous tone of the Albert system is in the instrument or the clarinetist who blows it !! Here is what I have found so far:

 

My clarinetsClarinet Science

The clarinets I’ve been playing, and the stories behind
My Clarinets

 

 

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, New York, Photograph by G.R. Christmas

I am aware that I play Albert system. But are all German system clarinets Alberts, or are there different systems within the German branch?
Albert, Oehler or Boehm

 

 

Albert System, Eugene Albert

Some of the old masters talk about why they chose the Albert system, and why they find it so unique. Many claim the tone is different from the Boehm system. Some say Boehm is a modern clarinet with exactly the same acoustic abilities – just easyer to play.
The Albert System

 

Diapason Normal, Koenig's tuning fork, copy

I wanted to find out why we have to be so careful and fanatic about where the pitch is when we purchase a new vintage clarinet, and stumbled upon the amazing history of pitch
History of Pitch

 

 

Jacob Denner Clarinet - Reconstruction

Intersting article by Jürgen Bräunlein. The story about the inventer of the clarinet, Johann Christoph Denner. For Your information: It’s in German!
Birth of the ClarinetJanuary 14 - 1690

 

 

George Lewis

An interview with George Lewis shortly before his death in 1968 published in Tom Bthell’s book: ‘A Jazzman from New Orleans’. George talks about aspects within his life as a musician: The style of New Orleans music, the different instruments and musicians, clarinets and clarinet technique, reeds, and other matters…
George Lewis Interview

 

Eberhard Kraut's collection of Selmer clarinets

Eberhard Kraut, specialist in ‘Who played what cind of clarinet’ in New Orleans jazz, is here telling about the great clarinetists who played Selmer clarinets. About the specific models down to the smallest but important details and features. So far, this wonderful article is only available in German.
Henri SELMER clarinets in jazz

 

Wurlitzer catalogue 1930

Another article in German by Eberhard Kraut.  The story about George Lewis’ metal clarinet. He played it on Bill Russell’s famous recordings from 1943/44. Bonus: How Burgundy Street Blues was born.
George Lewis’ Metal Clarinet

 

 

George Lewis - Ice Cream

All about the Penzel-Mueller Clarinets and the use in early jazz. George Lewis seemed to like them a lot…
– by Eberhard Kraut.  
George Lewis’ Penzel-Mueller Clarinet

 

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