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Wild Bill Davison - 79% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Edward Davison, 5 January 1906, Defiance, Ohio, USA, d. 14 November 1989, Santa Barbara, California, USA. As a youth Davison played with local bands, making occasional trips to Cincinnati and even New York in the mid-20s. While playing with the Seattle Harmony Kings, Davison made his first visit to Chicago, the city where he was to remain stylistically linked for the Read more

Original Dixieland Jazz Band - 71% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In May 1916 several young white New Orleans musicians were working in Chicago, often appearing in the same bands. After a few changes the musicians settled down as a permanent band, with the personnel comprising Nick LaRocca (Dominic James LaRocca, 11 April 1889, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 22 February 1961, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; cornet) Eddie Edwards (b. 22 May 1 Read more

Red Nichols - 67% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernest Loring Nichols, 8 May 1905, Ogden, Utah, USA, d. 28 June 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Taught by his father, cornettist Nichols quickly became a highly accomplished performer. Strongly influenced by early white jazz bands, and in particular by Bix Beiderbecke, he moved to New York in the early 20s and was soon one of the busiest musicians in town. He recorded hundreds Read more

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Eddie Condon - 66% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Edwin Condon, 16 November 1905, Goodland, Indiana, USA, d. 4 July 1973, New York City, USA. After working in local bands, guitarist and banjoist Condon moved to Chicago in the early 20s. He quickly associated himself with the very finest young white musicians based there: Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Teschemacher, Jimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman, Dave Tough and other members Read more

Bud Freeman - 60% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Freeman, 3 April 1906, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 March 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Freeman’s early career found him in company with Jimmy McPartland, Frank Teschemacher and other members of the Austin High School Gang. Having set out playing the C-melody saxophone, Freeman switched to tenor in 1925 and quickly established a reputation on that instrument a Read more

Pee Wee Russell - 54% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Ellsworth Russell, 27 March 1906, Maple Wood, Missouri, USA, d. 15 February 1969, Alexandria. Russell began playing clarinet in the early 20s and by 1927, the year he came to New York, had already worked with luminaries such as Jack Teagarden, Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke. In the late 20s and throughout the 30s and 40s, Russell played with numerous jazzmen wor Read more

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - 53% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed shortly after the end of World War I by drummer Bill McKinney (17 September 1895, Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA, d. 14 October 1969, Cynthiana, Kentucky, USA), the band adopted their name in 1926. By this time McKinney was manager, having hired Cuba Austin to replace himself on the drums. Although geared towards harmless hokum, novelty songs and other aspects of Read more

Johnny Dodds - 52% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 April 1892, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 8 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dodds did not begin playing clarinet until he was aged 17, but in taking lessons from Lorenzo Tio ensured that his late start did not hamper his career. In the years before World War I he played with Kid Ory and Fate Marable, mostly in his home town, and also worked with a minstrel show whe Read more

George Lewis - 49% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz
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Barney Bigard - 48% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Albany Leon Bigard, 3 March 1906, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 27 June 1980, Culver City, California, USA. Born into a highly musical family, Bigard began studying clarinet at the age of seven, taking lessons from the noted teacher, Lorenzo Tio Jnr. He worked in street parades but then switched to tenor saxophone in 1922 to join the band led by Albert Nicholas. During the Read more

King Oliver - 46% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 May 1885, Abend, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 April 1938, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Raised in New Orleans, cornettist Joe ‘King’ Oliver became well known through appearances with local marching and cabaret bands during the early years of this century. After playing with notable early jazzmen such as Kid Ory and Richard M. Jones in 1918, he left for Chicago and two years Read more

Miff Mole - 39% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irving Milfred Mole, 11 March 1898, Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, USA, d. 29 April 1961, New York City, New York, USA. A youthful multi-instrumentalist, Mole had settled on the trombone by his mid-teenage years. Gigging extensively in and around New York, he worked with many small early jazz bands, including one led by pianist-turned-comedian Jimmy Durante, and was also Read more

Edmond Hall - 36% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 May 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 11 February 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Hall was born into a highly musical family: his father played clarinet and four of his brothers became professional musicians, mostly on reed instruments, the best known of these being clarinettist Herb Hall. After playing clarinet in his home-town with Buddy Petit, Lee Collins, Kid Th Read more

Wingy Manone - 36% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Matthews Manone, 13 February 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 July 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Manone lost his right arm in a road accident while still a child, but took up trumpet playing, turning professional in his mid-teens. The 20s were hectic times for Manone. He worked with many riverboat and territory bands, visited St. Louis where he made his first r Read more

James P. Johnson - 33% match to Bunk Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Price Johnson, 1 February 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 17 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Taught piano by his mother, Johnson assimilated a wide range of musical styles. In the years following his family’s relocation to New York, he continued his studies and by his late teens was working in clubs in the Hell’s Kitchen district. Johnso Read more


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