Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Aug 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages

Edward "Kid" Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking, ethnically mixed family, to his emergence in New Orleans as the city's hottest band leader. The Ory band featured such future jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, and was widely considered New Orleans's top "hot" band. Ory's career took him from New Orleans to California, where he and his band created the first African American New Orleans jazz recordings ever made. In 1925 he moved to Chicago where he made records with Oliver, Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton and captured the spirit of the jazz age. His most famous composition from that period, "Muskrat Ramble," is a jazz standard. Retired from music during the Depression, he returned in the 1940s and enjoyed a reignited career.



Drawing on oral history and Ory's unpublished autobiography, Creole Trombone is a story that is told in large measure by Ory himself. The author reveals Ory's personality to the reader and shares remarkable stories of incredible innovations of the jazz pioneer. The book also features unpublished Ory compositions, photographs, and a selected discography of his most significant recordings.

 

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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist McCusker (photographer, New Orleans Times-Picayune) delivers a definitive biography of jazz pioneer Edward “Kid” Ory (1886–1973) that chronicles his significance as ... Read full review

Contents

Who Was Kid Ory?
3
Le Monde Creole en Campagne
6
Music
24
Orphan
42
Walking with the King
52
Kid
64
New Orleans
80
Creole Jazz
112
Chicago Sideman
156
Epilogue
184
Autobiography
189
Autobiography
191
Selected Discography
193
Lost Compositions
200
Notes
210
Index
240

California
134

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John McCusker is a New Orleans native who worked as a photojournalist for three decades at the Times-Picayune and later the New Orleans Advocate. He was part of the team that shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for covering Hurricane Katrina. He is coauthor of Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians, published by University Press of Mississippi, and founder of the Cradle of Jazz Tour.

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