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Chink Martin (real name Martin Abraham) was born in New Orleans on June 10, 1889, he took up string bass and tuba at an early age. Originally a guitarist, Chink switched to violin and mandolin before choosing the tuba and string bass as his instruments. He is the father of string bassist Martin ‘Little Chink’ Abraham, Jr., and brother of Willie Abraham a famous New Orleans banjo, guitar and bass player.
Chink started playing tuba with the Reliance Band and Jack Laine around 1910, He began doubling on string bass and played with many bands in New Orleans before joining the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in 1923 in Chicago.
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