Piron's New Orleans Orchestra:
New Orleans Wiggle-Shimmy
(recorded 1923)


Collecting Notes:

I don't remember where I picked this one up, but the title looked interesting; hadn't heard of Piron's New Orleans Orchestra before. Found out later that violinist Armand Piron's 'hot jazz' band, quite popular in the early 1920s, was superseded by better-known bands such as those led by Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman. The shimmy, one of many dance crazes to spring up in the early years of the century, owed its inspiration to a sensual African folk dance, in which women made their breasts shake from side to side.


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