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Keppard, Freddie

J.R. Taylor

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.14904

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(b New Orleans, Feb 27, 1890; d Chicago, July 15, 1933). American jazz cornettist. He studied the mandolin, violin and accordion, and was active professionally as a cornettist from about 1906 with his own group (the Olympia Orchestra) and other New Orleans ensembles of black musicians. In 1914 he moved to Los Angeles to join the Original Creole Band. After touring in vaudeville and performing in Chicago and New York with this group, he settled in Chicago; he was prominent there throughout the 1920s with his own bands, including the Jazz Cardinals (1926), and those of Doc Cook, Erskine Tate, Ollie Powers and Charlie Elgar.

Among the leading New Orleans trumpeters who left recordings of their work, Keppard is notable for a brusque and staccato style that comes closest to ragtime. Few of the recordings definitely identified as his substantiate either the esteem accorded him by other jazz musicians or his considerable popularity; but he seldom recorded before ...

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Subjects: Popular Music ; Contemporary Music

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