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Backwoods Jazz in the Twenties Paperback – April 1, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Southeast Missouri State University; First Edition edition (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934426198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934426190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,141,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Raymond F. Meyer was born in Oak Ridge, Missouri in 1903. In 1912 his family moved a few miles to the south and east, settling in Cape Girardeau, where he would reside the rest of his life, dying there on December 2, 1995. While a high school student Meyer was fascinated by music, acquired a saxaphone, and organized the first jazz band in the region. For the rest of his life he was involved in music: as a player, teacher, instrument salesman, music store owner, and instrument repairman. He served in the latter role at Shivelbine's Music Store until he was 87 years old.

Always known as "Peg" Meyer established a regional reputation with his band, "The Melody Kings." A number of excellent musicians played in his groups, the most well-known being the famous jazz pianist, Jess Stacy. Earl Center and Phil Hoche were other who would move on to professional careers.

From the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-fifties he was a musical instrument salesman for the Conn Instrument Company, and started bands in dozens of rural schools throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Meyer became known as "The Music Man" for the region as he always followed up his sales by offering to teach the youngsters who acquired one of his instruments. He even helped a number of school in the southeast region by serving as their band director until they could fund their own. He believed that he personally taught over 3,000 youngsters to "play horns or beat drums" in his two-state area.

This is his second book. The first was a manual for small instrument repair, a book still occasionally found in repair shops of music stores in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ansberry on February 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mr. Meyer's account of his life as a jazz musician in the early 1920's is an entertaining glimpse of what it was like in the glory days of jazz musicians. The writing style is somewhat rambling, but that understandable since the book is really Peg's recollections, strung together.
In an era when musicians are routinely replaced by recorded performances and synthesizers, it is easy to envy Mr. Meyer's life, playing music on the Mississippi riverboats.
This book is interesting, entertaining, and insightful.
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Some history of my home town and the early jazz era and particularly of a man I had all but forgotten.
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