|Tags:||jazz dixieland clarinet 40s new orleans jazz jnoone|
|Decades:||1940s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
23 April 1895, Cut Off, Louisiana, USA, d. 19 April 1944, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of numerous students of Lorenzo Tio, Noone turned to the clarinet after first playing guitar. In the years immediately prior to World War I he played in bands led by notable New Orleans musicians such as Freddie Keppard and Buddy Petit. In 1918 he worked with King Oliver in Chicago and two years later was with Doc Cooke, remaining there for five years. In 1926 Noone took his own band into Chicagos Apex Club, thus beginning a remarkable period of sustained creativity during which he became the idol of countless up-and-coming young musicians, black and white, clarinettists and all. During part of its existence, the Apex Club band included Earl Fatha Hines. Noone had made records during his stints with Oliver and Cooke, but now embarked on another series of recordings, including his theme, Sweet Lorraine, which remain classics of their kind.