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George Lewis and Bunk Johnson

George Lewis (1900-1968)

George Lewis (July 13, 1900 – December 31, 1968) was one of the Jazz musicians who didn’t leave New Orleans in the 1920s. He stayed

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Marable Dodds

Johnny Dodds (1892-1940)

Johnny Dodds (April 12, 1892 – August 8, 1940) was one of the greatest clarinetist of the 1920’s. Although both Jimmie Noone and Sidney Bechet had better technique,

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Portrait of Honore Dutrey, Louis Warnick and George McCullum Sr.

Honore Dutrey (1894-1935)

In 1910 Honore Dutrey (c. 1894 in New Orleans, Louisiana – July 21, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) started playing trombone in various bands in New Orleans, including Jimmie Noone’s outfit.

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Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Bee Palmer (1894-1967)

Beatrice C. “Bee” Palmer (11 September 1894 – 22 December 1967) was born in Chicago, the third of four children born to Charles and Anna

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Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Thelma Terry (1901-1966)

Until recently, next to nothing was known about Thelma Terry (September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966): she played string bass in Chicago in the

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Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (1896-1981)

Edith Wilson (September 2, 1896 – March 31, 1981) was one of the stars of early African-American musical theatre. After working in vaudeville with her

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George Mitchell (1899-1972)

George Mitchell (1899-1972)

George Mitchell, (March 8, 1899– May 22, 1972) the gifted hard-driving cornet player on Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers recording sessions, deserves wider recognition and

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Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Frank Melrose (1907-1941)

Pianist Frank Melrose (November 26, 1907 – September 1, 1941) was the younger brother of music publishers and agents Walter and Lester Melrose, who ran

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Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944)

Jimmie Noone is considered one of the best clarinetists of the Twenties. His style differs from the other two great New Orleans clarinet players, Johnny

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Alex Hill

Alex Hill (1906-1937)

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in April 1906, Alex Hill (April 22, 1906 – February 1937), the eldest son of an African Episcopalian minister and

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Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (1902-1959)

Omer Simeon (July 21, 1902 – September 17, 1959) and his family moved from New Orleans to Chicago in 1914 and like so many other great

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Charles Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs

Charlie Creath (1890-1951)

Charlie Creath was, like Fate Marable and Peck Kelly, was a regional band leader. Never traveling to the major jazz centers like Chicago or New York

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Johnny Dunn (1897-1937)

Before Louis Armstrong left Chicago to join Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra in 1924, Johnny Dunn (February 19, 1897 – August 20, 1937) was considered the king of New York’s Jazz

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Thomas Morris (1897-1945)

Cornetist Thomas Morris  (August 30, 1897 – 1945) is a somewhat shadowy, yet prolific figure of the early New York Jazz scene. He led a

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Albert Nicholas (1900-1973)

Albert Nicholas  (May 27, 1900 – September 3, 1973) played with Buddy Petit, King Oliver, and Manuel Perez while still a teenager in New Orleans and

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Mamie Smith Choo Cho

Mamie Smith Choo Cho Jazzers

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company My Sweet Man (Tickles The Ivories For Me) (Benett) 9-1924 New York, New York Ajax 17068 What You Need

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Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith (1883-1946)

Mamie Smith was the first to record blues songs in 1920 with her versions of Perry Bradford’s “Crazy Blues“, and “It’ s Right Here for You” on

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Tony Parenti

Tony Parenti (1900-1972)

Anthony Parenti (8-6-1900 to 4-17-72) was born into a musical family and learned as a youngster to play various reed instruments. By the time he

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Armand A J Piron

A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

Violinist Armand Piron (8-16-1888 to 2-17-1943)  is remembered most today as the early business partner of Clarence Williams. They owned The Piron-Williams Publishing Company in

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Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddy Petit (1895-1931)

Buddie Petit was, at the height of his powers, considered one of the greatest of the New Orleans cornet players. Although he never recorded, many

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Kid Rena

Kid Rena (1898-1949)

When Henry “Kid” Rena‘s (pronounced ruh-NAY, 8-30-1898 to 4-25-1949) name comes up, albeit infrequently, in the annals of New Orleans jazz, he’s usually identified as

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Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez (1873-1946)

Manuel Perez’s (December 28th 1871 – 1946) place in the history of Jazz would probably have been greater if he would have talked to historians,

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Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Alphonse Picou (1878-1961)

Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou (10-18-1880 to 2-4-1961) was one of the earliest Jazz musicians from New Orleans and is generally credited with developing the clarinet

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Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (1889-1933)

Freddie Keppard (2-27-1890 to 12-21-1933) was an important musician who succeeded Buddy Bolden as “king” of the cornet players in New Orleans. He started playing around 1906,

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Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson (1872-1972)

Bill Johnson (8/10/1872-12/3/1971) and one of the first band leaders to take the New Orleans style of Jazz outside of the city. In 1909 he

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Sonny Clay 1899-1972

Sonny Clay (1899-1972)

Sonny Clay was born in Texas in 1899 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1908. As a teenager he played in bands around Phoenix before

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Frank Teschmacher

Frank Teschemacher (1906-1932)

Frank Teschemacher was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 1906 to Charles and Charlotte McCorkell Teschemacher and was the youngest of their three

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Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan (1906-1971)

Joseph Michael O’Sullivan entered this world on November 4, 1906, the ninth child of Irish immigrant parents. His father, Michael, was an inventor, entrepreneur and

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Jimmy McPartland

Jimmy McPartland (1907-1991)

Jimmy McPartland was a member of the group of young White Chicago Jazz musicians known as the Austin High Gang. This group consisted of Jimmy and

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The Wolverine Orchestra

Al Gandee (1896-1946)

Al Gandee played with the Woverines when it was stationed for a three-month stint at Doyle’s Dance Studio in Cincinnati. He also participated on the

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Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

Hoagy Carmichael is remembered today as one of America’s great composers of popular songs. Several of his tunes, like “Star Dust“, “Georgia on My Mind”

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Mutt Carey

Mutt Carey (1891-1948)

Trumpeter Mutt Carey got his start like so many others with the marching bands in New Orleans sometime around 1913. His brother Jack was the leader of

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Kid Ory (1886-1973)

Kid Ory was the greatest trombone player in the early years of Jazz. He originally played banjo, but then switched to trombone. Perhaps his banjo

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Frisco Jazz Band

Frisco Jass Band

In 1917 this band cut nine titles for Edison, all issued on Blue Amberol as well as Diamond Disc. It was among the first to

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Henry Busse (1894-1955)

Henry Busse was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1916 where he found work playing trumpet in a movie theatre pit

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Buddy Burton

Buddy Burton (1890-1976)

Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Buddy Burton appeared on a quite a few 1920s Chicago South Side Jazz and Blues records as vocalist and playing drums, washboard,

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Paul Mares

Paul Mares (1900-1949)

Paul Mares was from New Orleans and a childhood friend of Leon Roppolo and Abbie and George Brunies. While still a teenager Mares played in Tom Brown‘s band and with

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Leon Roppolo

Leon Roppolo (1902-1943)

Leon Roppolo was considered a genius by his contemporaries and like Bix Beiderbecke and Buddy Bolden he was another of the tragic young men of early Jazz. He is

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Alberta Brown

Little is known about the life of Alberta Brown, but she made this excellent Blues record in 1928. She is backed up by members of

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Portrait of George Brunis and Tony Parenti, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y.

George Brunies (1902-1974)

Trombone player George Brunies got his start at age eight playing with Papa Jack Laine‘s band and later went on to play with Laine’s son Alfred

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Jimmy Durante's Original New Orleans Jazz Band - 1917

Original New Orleans Jazz Band

This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein’s Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that

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Tom "Red" Brown (1888-1958)

Tom “Red” Brown (1888-1958)

Like most early White New Orleans Jazz musicians, trombonist Tom Brown was a veteran of Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance Brass Band. Around 1910 he organized his own

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George Williams and Bessie Brown

Bessie Brown (1890-1955)

Bessie Brown, like so many other female classic Blues singers of the 1920s. had a background in vaudeville and musical theatre. Throughout the 1920s she

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Perry Bradford

Perry Bradford (1893-1970)

Perry Bradford was a singer, songwriter, pianist and vaudeville and minstrel performer who forever changed the sound of American popular music by convincing Okeh Records

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Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

Born into a large, poverty stricken family, Benny Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) began playing the clarinet at an early age. He

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Ben Pollack

Ben Pollack (1903-1971)

Ben Pollack was one of the more successful White band leaders of the late 1920s. His orchestras featured many future Jazz stars such as Glenn

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First Recording of Tiger Rag by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jack Carey (1889-1934)

Trombonist Jack Carey was the older brother of Thomas “Pappa Mutt” Carey, the leader of the Crescent City Orchestra, and the author of perhaps the most

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Frank Duson

Frankie Dusen (1880-1940)

Frankie Dusen Jr. became the trombonist in Buddy Bolden‘s band in 1906 and took over the group after Bolden went insane in 1907. He re-named the group the Eagle Band after

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Lucille Bogan

Lucille Bogan (1897-1948)

Hardcore might be the best way to describe the Blues singing of Lucille Bogan. While many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s tackled

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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey (1886-1939)

Gertrude Pridgett was born into a showbiz family that performed in minstrel shows. She first appeared onstage in 1900, singing and dancing in minstrel and

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Peter Bocage (1887-1967)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Bocage (31 July 1887 – 3 December 1967) was one of the great trumpeters in New Orleans history and ironically did not consider

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Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

In 1915 Jimmy Blythe moved from his native Kentucky to Chicago. He was an accomplished musician and composer and found a great deal of work

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Jack Bland The Jazz Record

Jack Bland (1899-1968)

Banjoist and guitarist Jack Bland is best remembered as the banjoist for the Mound City Blue Blowers which he co-founded with Red McKenzie in St. Louis. By 1924 the

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Esther Bigeou (1923)

Esther Bigeou (1895-1936)

Blues singer Esther Bigeou was a cousin of drummer Paul Barbarin which made her part of one of the most musical families in New Orleans in

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Bubber Miley

Bubber Miley (1903-1932)

Bubber Miley was the master of the plunger mute. His growling, drunken wah-wah sounding trumpet playing was largely responsible for Duke Ellington ‘s early success and

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