Natty Dominique

Decades: 1990s


2 August 1896, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 30 August 1982, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musical environment with Barney Bigard as a cousin, Dominique studied trumpet with Manuel Perez before heading north in 1913 to play in Chicago. In the early 20s he joined Carroll Dickerson’s band. Later that decade he played with Johnny Dodds, with whom he remained substantially throughout the 30s. In the early 40s ill health forced him to leave music, but he reappeared in 1949 and began leading his own band in the 50s, employing such kindred spirits as Baby Dodds and Volly De Faut. He continued playing into the mid-60s but then faded from sight.

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