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Johnny Dunn

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Born: February 19, 1897 | Died: August 20, 1937    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

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.”...
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