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Creole TromboneKid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz$
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John McCusker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036262

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036262.001.0001

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1933–1973 Epilogue

1933–1973 Epilogue

(p.184) Chapter 10 1933–1973 Epilogue
Creole Trombone

John McCusker

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the history of Kid Ory’s musical career during the period from 1933 to 1973. It explains that even while working as a janitor, Ory’s love for music never faded. He copyrighted several songs beginning in 1940, and was hired by filmmaker and radio host Orson Welles in March 1944, which provided many opportunities for Ory and his band. Ory finally decided to break up his band in 1961 and relaxed into the role of jazz elder statesman. He died of pneumonia on January 23, 1973 at the age of 86.

Keywords:   Kid Ory, musical career, Orson Welles, jazz elder statesman, janitor, death, pneumonia

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