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History of Jazz Timeline: 1913

Thirteen year old Louis Armstrong is sent to a waif's home after he fires a pistol in celebration. This is where he learns to play cornet. The rest is history.
Louis Armstrong is proud when he leads the waif's home band through his neighborhood.
Fourteen year old Duke Ellington visits pool halls and burlesque theatres. He is introduced to the entertainment world that he will soon be a part of.
According to stride pianist James P. Johnson, Luckyeth Roberts is the best stride piano player in New York City at this time.
The stride pianists are still playing Ragtime as the New Orleans players did a generation before. So we will see an interesting evolution in their playing over the next few years that parallels the beginning of Jazz in New Orleans.
Boogie Woogie piano player Jimmy Yancey quits vaudeville to work as a Chicago White Sox groundskeeper.
On November 21, Coleman Hawkins' parents give him a C-Melody saxophone for his ninth birthday.
British musician Vic Filmer brings Ragtime to Paris.
Art Tatum is three years old and is already picking out hymns on the piano in Toledo.
Future bandleader Woody Herman is born in Milwaukee, WI. on May 16.

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