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Primary Instrument: Cornet

Born: March 27, 1890 | Died: December 15, 1933    

Freddie Keppard

Freddie Keppard - cornet

One of the early jazz cornet legends to come out of New Orleans, Freddie Keppard was on the scene after Buddy Bolden but before King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, making him an essential in the evolution of the instrument for the period.

Keppard was born in New Orleans Feb.27, 1890. Before choosing to play the cornet, Keppard experimented with various other instruments, none of which was especially suitable for performing jazz. In the years before World War I he played with the Olympia Orchestra in New Orleans and several other parade and concert bands. He was leader of the Original Creole Orchestra which toured California and the east coast, in the process helping in spreading the new young jazz sound around the country. After the war Keppard settled in Chicago, where he worked with King Oliver, Jimmie Noone and other luminaries of the city's jazz scene....
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