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GUEST,John McCusker Kid Ory--The Jazz Original (44) RE: Kid Ory--The Jazz Original 03 Sep 10


I'm thrilled that there's a Kid Ory discussion going on, but the history above is really bad. So many things are wrong I don't know where to begin.
For example: "However, in 1907, on his 21st birthday, Ory and his band promptly lit out of Laplace and made a beeline for New Orleans "to crack the big time." His band entered a competition at Dixie Park going up against Bob Frank's Peerless Orchestra whom they smoked."
Ory moved to New Orleans in 1910 not 1907. He took on BAB Frank's band not Bob. Ory thought he was 21 when he moved to the city. He was actually 23.
Also: "By 1916, he hired clarinetist Jimmie Noone, roundly considered the best to ever play the instrument, even more so than Benny Goodman."
Not very likely. Jimmie Noone was in the band in 1918. Johnny Dodds was its clarinetist in 1916.
Then there's: "He ran a railroad post office for a while and also managed a chicken farm with his brother."
He didn't run anything. He was a janitor at the railroad. Manage a chicken farm? He and his brother raised chickens yes..but only for a year. His brother died in 1939 a year after moving to LA.
Finally: "Montudie Garland quit and was replaced by bassist/banjoist Bill Martin"
No. He was replaced by Bill Johnson.


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