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Mutt Carey (1891-1948)

Mutt CareyTrumpeter Mutt Carey  (September 17, 1891 – September 3, 1948) got his start like so many others with the marching bands in New Orleans sometime around 1913. His brother Jack was the leader of the Crescent City Orchestra which he also played in. He played with Kid Ory in 1914 and toured on the T.O.B.A. vaudeville circuit in 1917. Carey returned to New Orleans in 1918, then departed for California the following year to work with Kid Ory. He plays trumpet on the Spike’s Seven Pods of Pepper Orchestra record which was the first Jazz record ever released by African-Americans from New Orleans.

He took over the band renaming it the Jeffersonians when Ory left for Chicago in 1925 and worked regularly for the Hollywood film studios. Carey rejoined Kid Ory’s Creole Orchestra in 1944, then left again in 1947 to form his own band which he called Mutt Carey and his New Yorkers which recorded in in November of 1947 and played some gigs until Carey’s death in September of 1948.

Mutt Carey (1891-1948)

The Jeffersonians Mutt Carey and his New Yorkers was a pioneering website during the "Information wants to be Free" era of the 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you.
Most of the music in the archive is in the form of MP3s hosted on or the French servers of where this music is all in the public domain.
Files unavailable from those sources we host ourselves. They were made from original 78 RPM records in the hands of private collectors in the 1990s who contributed to the original They were hosted as .ra files originally and we have converted them into the more modern MP3 format. They are of inferior quality to what is available commercially and are intended for reference purposes only. In some cases a Real Audio (.ra) file from will download. Don't be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.

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