Music in the Streets

Music in the Streets

Tony Schwartz FW05581 / FD 5581

From the streets of New York City comes a medley of musical styles that represents the cultural and musical diversity of the Big Apple. Recorded between the spring of 1950 and fall of 1957 by famed sound archivist Tony Schwartz, Music in the Streets attests to the view that music is a matter of “necessity [and] inclination.” The selections here include not only that of street performers and musicians but also of street festivals, parades, and religious groups. Liner notes include photographs of street musicians in New York City, an introduction by Schwartz, and track notes.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records
Genre(s) African American Music; American Folk; Documentary
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Gospel music; Jazz; Religious; Sound effects; Spoken word

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101 Street Musicians (Saxophone, Glass Bowls, Bongo Boys, Carnegie Hall Fiddler, Guitar, Accordion, Moondog) Tony Schwartz 13:31
102 Washington Square- Banjo and Bass / Rambling Around / King Edward Calypso / Spoons and Ocarine / Met a Little Gypsy / Deep Blue Sea / Another Man Done Gone (medley) Tony Schwartz 12:22
201 Religious Music (Church Bells, Salvation Army Group, Salvation Army Band, Puerto Rican Gospel Group, Just a Closer Walk with Thee) Tony Schwartz 7:24
202 Street Festival (Jazz Group, Band, Parade, Song) Tony Schwartz 9:05
203 Parades Tony Schwartz 6:15
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