TitleHerman Autrey oral history interview
InterviewerWilson, John S. (John Steuart)
Date Created1975-04-23, 1975-04-28, 1975-05-01
Note(s)Herman Autrey (1904 – 1980) first gained recognition playing trumpet in Fats Waller’s band from 1934 to 1939. Autrey’s performances with Waller on the Victor label form the foundation of his musical output and height of critical acclaim for his raucous trumpet playing. Before and after Waller’s death in December of 1943, Autrey played as a sideman in leading bands including orchestras fronted by Fletcher Henderson, Claude Hopkins, Stuff Smith and fellow Waller alum, Una Mae Carlisle in the 1940s. Autrey sustained injuries from a 1954 car accident and took off for about a year to recover but by the late 1960s joined Dixieland revivalists the Saints and Sinners in two European tours. While his trumpet was laid aside due to his age, throughout the 1970s Autrey could be heard singing at clubs throughout his adopted home of New York City. He died there in 1980 at the age of 75.
Note(s)Page 3 has a series of inserts meant to be viewed at the point of the recording interruption where it says, "See insert." There is a page 3a, 3b, 3c and 3d.
The audio for Tape 8 cuts off at p. 358, but there are two more transcript pages of talk not included in the recording.
The last 4 minutes and 25 seconds of Tape 10 is the interviewee playing a tape of "Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans" by the Saints and Sinners, and possibly other songs.
Note(s)Portions of the publicly available digital files for this transcript have been altered to restore them to their original state.
Table of ContentsPage numbers here indicate page numbers for "Read Online" interface. Page numbers listed on transcripts may differ.
Tape 1..... pp. 1-29
Tape 2..... pp. 29-76
Tape 3..... pp. 76-118
Tape 4..... pp. 119-164
Tape 5..... pp. 164-210
Tape 6..... pp. 211-260
Tape 7..... pp. 260-311
Tape 8..... pp. 311-364
Tape 9..... pp. 365-415
Tape 10..... pp. 415-462
CollectionJazz Oral History Project
Organization NameRutgers University, Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University. Institute of Jazz Studies
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