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Alphonse Picou

(October 19th 1878 - February 4th 1961)

A classically trained New Orleans musician who played both the guitar and the clarinet in his youth. As an instrumentalist he made a huge impact by developing the style favored by jazz clarinetists and is most noted as the author of the clarinet solo to the 1901 march "High Society". Despite brief travels to Chicago and New York during the late 1910's and early '20s, Alphonse Picou spent most of his life in New Orleans where he had first inspired the music of top ranking clarinetists including Jimmie Noone and Johnny Dodds.

Videos:

Buddy Bolden Tribute (Part 1) (13:42)

Buddy Bolden Tribute (Part 2) (13:16)

High Society (2:30)

Milenberg Joys (6:39)

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