Thanks to Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center, this past Tuesday we were treated to a great narrative and musical examples of the influence of Lorenzo Tio, Jr. Dr. Michael White provided the lecture and led the band that demonstrated the music.
Tio was a clarinetist from a musical family with deep roots in New Orleans. Although the family spent some time in Mexico, they actually trace their lineage back to Spain by way of New Orleans. Tio was a master clarinetist that played on the older Albert system. Not primarily a jazz musician himself, he taught an incredible array of New Orleans jazz clarinetists – Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, and many others. He himself recorded with Bechet, as well as ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton and Clarence Williams.