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Little Brother Montgomery

Pianist-singer Eurreal “Little Brother” Montgomery was one of those rare musicians as adept at playing rhythm ‘n’ blues as he was at traditional jazz. A major blues musician who also sang well, he was a strong influence on many blues pianists that followed. Little Brother was adept at blues, jazz, stride, boogie, and more popular material. His high voice and trembling vibrato are unmistakable. His career spanned from the early barrelhouses in the logging camps down south, to the blues and jazz festivals in Europe.

Born in Louisiana as one of ten children, he dropped out of school at the age of 11 to play piano in local juke joints. He worked extensively in Louisiana (including with early jazz bands led by Buddy Petit and Sam Morgan), Mississippi and Chicago as early as 1926. Montgomery made his recording debut during 1930-1931 when he recorded four titles including “Vicksburg Blues” and “No Special Rider.” These two would become his signature tunes.

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