Ernest Coycault

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Ernest Isidore Coycault (born June 23, 1884 in New Orleans , † July 1, 1940 in Los Angeles ) was an American musician ( cornet , trumpet ) of hot jazz .

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Coycault was a member of Bill Johnson's Original Creole Orchestra in 1907 , with whom he also undertook a first tour to California in the same year. He played around 1910 under the pseudonym Ernest Johnson as the successor to Bunk Johnson in the Superior Band . Then he moved to San Francisco, played in the nightclub scene of the Barbary Coast , the red light district on today's Pacific Avenue, from 1914 in the Black & Tan Orchestra of trombonist Harry A. Southard, which also included Buddy Petit and Chester Zardis . After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1920s, his first recordings were made with the California Poppies in 1923 under the direction of pianist Sonny Clay (“What a Wonderful Time”); from the middle of the decade he played with the Stompin 'Six and Sonny Clays Plantation Orchestra (recordings for Vocalion ). With Clay he went on a four-week tour of Australia in 1928 under the band name Sonny Clay & the Colored Idea . He stayed with Clay at least until 1929; then his traces are lost.

In the field of jazz he was involved in six recording sessions between 1923 and 1927. The last recordings were made with the studio band Kansas City Five .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows: California Soul: Music of African Americans in the West , 1998, p. 34
  2. ^ Daniel Hardie Exploring Early Jazz: The Origins and Evolution of the New Orleans Style 2002, p. 103
  3. Lawrence Gushee Pioneers of Jazz - The Story of the Creole Band , Oxford University Press 2005, pp. 71f.
  5. a b Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed September 15, 2015)