King Oliver

By Stuart Kremsky

 

             Cornetist and bandleader Joe "King" Oliver left his imprint on the music world well beyond his role in early New Orleans jazz. Remembered  today chiefly as the man who brought Louis Armstrong up to Chicago in 1922, Oliver earned his “King” nickname as a master musician for his powerfully melodic lead trumpet lines and his use of a wide variety of mutes and other objects to create an array of expressive effects. The double-cornet breaks that Oliver and Armstrong introduced... Read More

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