BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Buddy Bolden
|Birth name||Charles Joseph Bolden|
|Also known as||King Bolden , "Buddy" Bolden, Father of Jazz|
|Born||September 6, 1877|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Died||November 4, 1931 (aged 54)|
Tributes to Bolden
- Sidney Bechet wrote and composed "Buddy Bolden Stomp" in his honor.
- Duke Ellington paid tribute to Bolden in his 1957 suite A Drum Is a Woman. The trumpet part was taken by Clark Terry.
- The Bolden band tune "Funky Butt", better known as "Buddy Bolden's Blues" since it was first recorded under that title by Jelly Roll Morton, has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Dr. John in his Goin' Back to New Orleans and Hugh Laurie in his record Let Them Talk.
- "Hey, Buddy Bolden" is a song on the album, Nina Simone Sings Ellington.
- In 2011, in Minneapolis created a new musical theater piece entitled Hot Jazz at da Funky Butt in which Buddy Bolden was the feature character. Music and Lyrics were composed by Aaron Gabriel and featured the New Orleans Band "Rue Fiya". The song "Dat's How Da Music Do Ya" featured the Buddy Bolden Blues.
Bolden in fiction
- The character of Buddy Bolden helps Samuel Clemens solve a murder in Peter J. Heck's novel, A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court (1996).
- Bolden is featured as a prominent character in David Fulmer's murder mystery entitled Chasing the Devil's Tail, where he is a bandleader and a suspect in the murders. He also appears by reputation or in person in Fulmer's other books.
- He is a notable character in Louis Maistros' novel The Sound of Building Coffins, which contains many scenes depicting Bolden playing his cornet.
- In Tiger Rag, Nicholas Christopher tells the story of Bolden and the lost cylinders he recorded with his group.
Plays and films
- Bolden is featured in August Wilson's play Seven Guitars. Wilson's drama includes the character King Hedley, whose father named him after King Buddy Bolden. King Hedley constantly sings, "I thought I heard Buddy Bolden say..." and believes that Bolden will come down and bring him money to buy a plantation.
- Wilson's King Hedley II continues the story of Seven Guitars, and also refers to Bolden.