Author Archives: Vicky Fielding

About Vicky Fielding

I am a Senior Strategic Marketing Manager at Gale International. I moved into the world of digital archives from HE publishing in November 2016 and now enjoy spending time digging through the many primary sources that Gale offers. As well as trying to keep alive any plants that my Mum and Uncle hand to me for the garden, I am the proud mother of two beautiful but cheeky children and the custodian of 3 cats.


The Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Centenary of the first Jazz record

In New Orleans, Jazz began its history around 1895 with the cornetist Buddy Bolden, whom Adrian Troy called Jazz’s first great exponent.[1] Bolden was depicted by Michael Ondaatje in his 1976 novella Coming through Slaughter as a jazz pioneer, struggling with alcoholic psychosis. Writing in The Times in 1992, Clive Davis also named Bolden the first legendary New Orleans jazz figure – legendary in that unlikely tales surround his mythical status, such as that ‘on certain nights, his playing could be heard miles away.’[2] Unfortunately, no recordings of Bolden are known to exist and despite the allure of rumored cylinder recordings dating to 1894 we only have the likes of Ondaatje’s novella to evoke the sound of one of the world’s first Jazz icons.[3] Continue reading