Emile Christian

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Emile Christian, 1918

Emile Joseph Christian (born April 20, 1895 in New Orleans ; † December 3, 1973 ibid) was an American New Orleans jazz musician ( trombone , double bass , cornet ) and composer .

Emile Christian comes from a musical family in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans ; his brother was the trumpeter and band leader Frank Christian . Emile Christian began his career with his brothers in local bands, playing both cornet and trombone in the bands of Papa Jack Laine and Alfred Baby Laine. He led his first own group and played in his brother Frank's band until 1917, before moving to Chicago in late 1917 . There he was a trombonist in Bert Kelly's Jass Band. In 1918 he went to New York City and replaced Eddie Edwards in the Original Dixieland Jass Band , with whom he toured England . To the repertoire of the band he contributed the title "Satanic Blues"; with her he also made his first recordings.

After a short membership in the Original Memphis Five , he returned to Europe, where he worked with various jazz bands in Berlin (where recordings were made), Paris and other cities in the mid-1930s . After years in Europe and India, where he played with Leon Abbey in 1936 , he returned to New York in 1939 after the outbreak of World War II . In the 1950s he moved back to New Orleans and played in the bands of Leon Prima , Santo Pecora , Sharkey Bonano and with his own formation. In 1957 he went on tour with Louis Prima's band . He was active as a musician in New Orleans until 1969, but mostly played the double bass.

In addition to the “Satanic Blues”, Emile Christian also wrote the tracks “Meet Me At the Green Goose” and “Mardi Gras Parade”.

Discographic notes

  • Emile Christian and His New Orleans Jazz Band (Southland, 1958)


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