Lawrence Marrero

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Lawrence Marrero
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Marrero on banjo. Photograph by Stanley Kubrick, for Look of June 6, 1950
Background information
Also known asLaurence Marrero
Born(1900-10-24)October 24, 1900
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
DiedJune 6, 1959(1959-06-06) (aged 58)
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBanjo
Years active1919–1955
Associated actsCamelia Brass Band, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis

Lawrence Henry Marrero (October 24, 1900 – June 6, 1959) was an American jazz banjoist.

Early life[edit]

Marrero was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 24, 1900.[1] He grew up in a musical family: three brothers became musicians[2] – Eddie (bass), John (banjo) and Simon (tuba and bass) – and their father Billy was also a bass player.[1] Lawrence (who chose to spell his name "Laurence") was taught music by his father, and became a professional player around 1918.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

In 1919 he got his first regular job on banjo with Wooden Joe Nicholas's Camelia Brass Band and from 1920 he joined on bass drum the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.[3]

In 1942 Marrero was one of the musicians who part of the first recordings made by Bunk Johnson, and continued playing and recording in the New Orleans jazz revival.[1] He was featured on many recordings and was a regular member of the George Lewis band from the late 1930s until ill health caused him to quit full-time performance in 1954.[1] He occasionally played with his own band after that.[2]

Marrero was considered to be a steady player with a good tone;[1] he never recorded as a leader and rarely did he take solos.[2] He died in New Orleans on June 6, 1959.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Flanagan, David (2003), Marrero, Lawrence (Henry), Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J290000
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Laurence Marrero". AllMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Marrero, Lawrence « Banjology - Sites@Duke". duke.edu. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2015-06-01.