Rutgers Focus, "I played piano before, but hadn't had any real theory or any real guidance in improvisation."
WATCH THE BAND
He soon met a piano player who was also a drummer. He then put an ad in the paper and got a clarinetist who knew a banjo player -- and before long they had a spirited Dixieland band.
Stalley died in 2002, but the band he started played on, with Charlie Huck taking his place at the piano. Stalley used to joke, "We only use the music to be sure that we are all in the right key. We find it works better that way." The band continues in this tradition to this day. Have a listen!