Jimmie Noone

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Jimmie Noone

Jimmie (Jimmy) Noone (born April 23, 1895 in Cut Off near New Orleans , † April 19, 1944 in Los Angeles ) was an American clarinetist of traditional jazz . Noone, whose tone is described as soft and romantic, was considered one of the best clarinetists of the 1920s , alongside Johnny Dodds and Sidney Bechet .

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After lessons with Lorenzo Tio and through Sidney Bechet, who was only 13, Noone had his first local successes in his hometown New Orleans (he played in the Olympia Brass Band with Freddie Keppard ), which he too left in 1917 and went to Chicago to play with Freddie Keppard in the Original Creole Orchestra (by Bill Johnson ). After the collapse of this band a year later, he became a member of King Oliver's band. In 1920 he joined Doc Cook 's Dreamland Orchestra and stayed there for six years. From autumn 1926 he led his first own band in the Apex Club in Chicago ("Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra"). Earl Hines was a member of his band in 1927 and 1928 before founding his own orchestra . In 1927 he accompanied the singer Lillie Delk Christian , in 1928 with Armstrong's Hot Four (with Mancy Carr and Earl Hines), and in the following years with the singer May Alix . In 1929, Noone and probably Zinky Cohn composed "Apex Blues". In 1931 he was briefly in New York. In March 1931 he had a hit for Vocalion in the Billboard Top 30 with "Travlin 'All Alone" (# 20) sung by Mildred Bailey . In the 1930s he also led his own band in Chicago at the Apex Club, in which Joe Williams also appeared in 1939 . Also Lonnie Johnson played in his band. As the New Orleans Revival began, he went to Kid Ory in Los Angeles in 1940 . There he died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1944.

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