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and I used to go to the Brooklyn Paramount to catch them, and the Fox. Then when I became interested in playing an instrument, I was playing the saxophone, then I used to follow every band that came into New York, particularly Paul Whiteman. You may not have heard of him.

Q:

Paul Whiteman I've heard of, but I don't know anything about.

Foner:

Paul Whiteman was a big band. It was a jazz band but concert almost, because he introduced “Rhapsody in Blue.” Ferde Grofé was the pianist in his band. And because it was a big band and it was popular and famous, he hired the best musicians, Frankie Trombaur, Jack Teagarden played trombone, and Chester Hazlett played sax and clarinet. My sax teacher, Sidney Feldman, used to tell me about them because these were like mythical greats, so I would follow them wherever they went and played. Like, If they were at the Brooklyn Paramount, I caught them at the Brooklyn Paramount. If they went to the Palace, I went. The same act, but just sit close and listen to them. You didn't learn anything from that. That's Mildred Bailey singing, you know. That's the beginning. And then when I began to play the saxophone, wisely but not well, I played in a band and eventually I was going up to the mountains and playing in a band. We'd better stop.

Q:

I don't want to get too far ahead because there are other things.

Foner:

Let's back up.

Q:

I can see the music period is going to be a big discussion.

Foner:

I need some musical background. Okay.

Q:

I just wanted to finish up on the Dodgers. Who were your heroes?

Foner:

The Dodgers at that time, they had Dazzy Vance, great pitcher. Dazzy Vance was outstanding. Zach Wheat, the left fielder, was a big hero. They had for a while Rabbit Maranville, he wasn't very good but he was very popular. He had the basket catch. They had a lousy team, always sixth or seventh place. Jake Fournier was the first baseman, then replaced by Del Bissonette. They had for a while a left handed third baseman, used to throw to first on a bounce, Johnny Barrett. They were a pretty lousy team, but the games with the Giants were big. I remember even once going to a Giant game at the Polo Grounds, which was very rare for me to go. That was a game in which Al Tyson, of the Giants, collided with somebody else and broke his leg. And then another guy who was very popular for us was





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