Kid Ory

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Edward "Kid" Ory (* 25. December 1886 in LaPlace, Louisiana ; † 23. January 1973 in Hawaii in, buried New Orleans ) was an American jazz - trombonist and bandleader.

Live and act

After getting into music as a banjo player and trying on the cornet , he became a style-forming trombonist of New Orleans jazz . He had his first professional appearances at the age of ten. He played in the typical “ Tailgate ” style, in which the slide trombone rhythmically contrasts and accompanies the melody lines of the trumpet with short phrases ; Typical here are the upbeat glissandi .

This Jackson Avenue house in New Orleans was Ory's residence in the 1910s.

From 1912 to 1919 he led the most popular band in all of New Orleans. Many “hot jazz” musicians played with Ory during this period, including King Oliver , the young Louis Armstrong who replaced Oliver, Johnny Dodds , Sidney Bechet and Jimmie Noone .

In 1919, Ory moved to warmer California on the advice of his doctor . Together with other New Orleans musicians he then played under the name "Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra" on the west coast. In 1922 they were the first black band from New Orleans to record a record of jazz for the short-lived Sunshine Record Company label (albeit under the pseudonym "Spike's Seven Pods of Pepper Orchestra"), including the compositions Ory's Creole Trombone and the Society Blues .

In 1925 Ory moved on to Chicago , where he regularly recorded with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five and Hot Seven ( Hot Fives & Sevens ); he also played with Jelly Roll Morton , Johnny Dodds and a few other local bands, such as Boyd Atkins . During the Depression, Ory largely withdrew from the music scene and ran a chicken farm with his brother. In the course of the Dixieland revival of the 1940s, he revived his "Creole Orchestra" in 1943 and was active as a live musician and making recordings until he finally retired from music in 1966.


Important compositions

  • Muskrat Ramble
  • Ory's Creole Trombone
  • Savoy blues


  • John McCusker Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz . University Press of Mississippi, Jackson 2012, ISBN 978-1-61703-626-2 .

Web links

Commons : Kid Ory  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files