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Johnny Dunn - trumpet Recognized as a jazz pioneer both as a trumpeter and bandleader, Johnny Dunn was considered ahead of his time and the top trumpeter in New York in the days before Louis Armstrong. Johnny Dun was born in Memphis on Feb. 19, 1897, and played trumpet as a solo act before joining W.C. Handy's band with which he traveled to New York in 1917. He also played with singers such as Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds, and Edith Wilson, recording in the early 20s. He then formed his own version of the Jazz Hounds and had a huge hit in 1922 with “Sergeant Dunn’s Bugle Call Blues,” followed by “Hawaiian Blues.” In 1923 he went to Europe with a band led by Will Vodery, and returned there three years later when he recorded in London with the Plantation Orchestra

Cornet Blues

Label: Frog Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Bugle Blues; Birmingham Blues; Hawaiian Blues; Four O'Clock Blues; Hallelujah Blues; Spanish Dreams; Dixie Blues; Sugar Blues; Sweet Lovin' Mama; Vamping Sal the Sheba of Georgia; Jazzin' Babies; I Promised Not to Holler But Hey Hey!; Dunn's Cornet Blues; You've Never Heard the Blues; Silver Rose; Arabella's Wedding Day; Smiling Joe; For Baby and Me; Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues [Take 1]; Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues [Take 2]; Ham and Eggs; Buffalo Blues; You Need Some Loving; What's the Use of Being Alone?; Original Bugle Blues.

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Johnny Dunn: Cornet Blues

Read "Cornet Blues" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

In hindsight, it seems natural that trumpeter Louis Armstrong's arrival onto the New York jazz scene of the 1920s would put a lot of players out of work. Yet apparently not every New Yorker was waiting for some guy from New Orleans to show them how it's done. As Mark Berresford's informative liner ...

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Dunn's Cornet Blues

Featuring the music of Johnny Dunn
Duration: 3:08

1924 recording of the New York trumpet king, before, that is, the arrival of Louis Armstrong

Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity

Read "Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity" reviewed by Nathan Holaway

“Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been."--George Eliot The world will never be able to hear exactly how Beethoven or Bach played their instruments, but it can hear how artists such as clarinetist Wilbur Sweatman and clarinetist and ...


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