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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: December 24, 1908 | Died: January 16, 1991

Jabbo Smith - trumpet, vocal

Hailed a one of the original trumpet kings, Cladys Smith was born in Pembroke, GA on December 24, 1908. He was sent to the Jenkins Orphanage by his mother Ida Smith when he was six year old. Jabbo began playing the cornet at age eight and began touring with the Jenkins Band at age ten. During his stay at the orphanage Jabbo constantly ran away and in 1925, at age 17 he left for good in order to play professionally with Harry Marsh in Philadelphia.

During the 1920s and 1930s, Jabbo was seen as a rival to Louis Armstrong. Jabbo played in New York for a while with such bands as the Charlie Johnson Band, Sidney Bechet and the James P. Johnson Orchestra where he was a part of the movie “Keep Shufflin'”....
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Music

Featured recording “Ace of Rhythm”

Ace of Rhythm

Pearl Jazz Recording Label
1998
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    Hot Jazz In The Twenties Volume 1

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    1999
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    Hot Jazz In The Twenties - Volume Two

    Memories
    1999
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    European Concerts

    Memories
    1982
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    Jabbo!

    Memories
    1982
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    Pioneers Of Jazz 7 (Jabbo Smith With Omer Simeon 1929)

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    1958
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    The Hot Dogs Meet Jabbo Smith

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    Volume Two

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