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Tailgate

James Lincoln Collier

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, issue Published in print January 2013 |
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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The style of trombone playing used in New Orleans jazz. In about 1900 the slide trombone replaced the valve trombone in popularity because of its ability to play portamentos, or “slurs.” Portamentos became fashionable just as jazz was developing, and as a consequence became part of the New Orleans style. Early bands frequently played on advertising wagons, and it was supposed that the trombonist must stand on the wagon’s “tailgate” so that he would have

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