Spanier, "Muggsy"

Famed Chicago Dixieland jazz cornet player & bandleader

Price: $195.00

Description:
(Francis J. J., 1906-1967) Prominent Chicago jazz cornet player, considered as the best trumpet/cornet in Chicago until Bix Beiderbecke entered the scene. He led several traditional/ "hot" jazz bands, most notably Muggsy Spanier and His Ragtime Band (which played "hot” jazz, Dixieland jazz. The Ragtime Band's theme was "Relaxin' at the Touro", named for Touro Infirmary, the New Orleans hospital where Muggsy was treated for a perforated ulcer in 1938 by famed Dr. Alton Ochsner. Apart from the famous Ragtime Band, his other most important venture was the traditional band he co-led with pianist Earl Hines at the Club Hangover in San Francisco in the 50s. He acquired the nickname "Muggsy" likely because of his obsession with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. He was known to have shadowed and "mugged" both, copying their styles and incorporating them into his own music. On at least one occasion, he sat in with King Oliver's band (with Louis Armstrong on 2nd cornet) at the Lincoln Gardens, Chicago, in the early 20s. SP, uncommon 10 x 8 standing bust portrait (likely by Kriegsmann) holding horn, signed with sentiment in white ink.

Condition: Very good, light top corner bends, faint horizontal crease at bottom
Type:Photograph






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