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Ory's Creole Trombone
Spike's Seven Pods
of Pepper Orchestra
Edward "Kid" Ory
(December 25th 1886 - January 23rd 1973)
Recorded by "Spike's Seven Pods of Pepper Orchestra" in Los Angeles, California during July 1922 featuring Kid Ory trombone, Mutt Carey cornet, Dink Johnson clarinet, Fred Washington piano, Edward Garland string bass, and Ben Borders drums.
The debut recording of Kid Ory this side is also historically significant as the very first record to be produced by a New Orleans band on the West Coast.
It was released billed under the name "The Sunshine Band" after the Sunshine Record Label, run by brothers John and Reb Spikes, responsible for its production. It was sold exclusively in their music store located at the intersection of 12th and Central Avenues in Los Angeles. A point of particular interest is that they were the very same brothers to whom Jelly Roll Morton had purportedly sold his song "Someday Sweetheart" during his own California travels.
Edward "Kid" Ory was born near La Place, Louisiana on December 25th 1886.
As a child he played home made instruments and settled on the banjo for a time before taking up
the trombone as his mainstay.
Inspired by the music of the legendary Buddy Bolden, Ory became one of the most prominent
New Orleans bandleaders by the 1910's.
In 1919 he moved to Los Angles where he made history as the first colored jazz musician from the
Crescent City to be recorded there.
Relocating to Chicago in 1925 Kid Ory quickly became a favorite side man who appeared a staggering
number of recordings by the greatest names in jazz including Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.
After a life spent creating music Kid Ory retired in 1966 and spent his final years in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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