Personalities | Danny Barker | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Banjo, guitar, educator, 1909–94)
Daniel Moses Barker carried forth the musical traditions of New Orleans, playing with a number of traditional bands in the 1920s and 1930s before marrying Louise Dupont (a.k.a. Blue Lu Barker) in 1930. They recorded several sides together in 1938, including Barker’s own song ‘Don’t You Make Me High’, revived in the 1970s by Maria Muldaur. After working with several big bands in the 1930s (including those of Lucky Millinder and Cab Calloway), he was a New Orleans revival activist, leading a youth band that included Wynton Marsalis.
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