"Much about early jazz history is unknown. But, as John McCusker ably demonstrates here, the unknown is not necessarily unknowable. Making meticulous use of the written record, in Creole Trombone
John McCusker places Ory in the broad context of jazz history and in the more rarified sanctum reserved for the three or four most important musicians in the development of early jazz."
--Lolis Eric Elie, story editor for HBO's Treme
"If you love jazz and you love New Orleans, Creole Trombone
is a must-read. With meticulous research and elegant writing, John McCusker evokes the magical time when a young man could rise out of sugar cane fields and change the world with his music. Kid Ory's life was a brilliant ramble, and McCusker has told it with perfect pitch."
--Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Man, Opening Day,
and Get Capone
"John McCusker's impressive research and deft writing have produced a first-rate biography of this influential jazz pioneer set against the colorful backdrop of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century. A must-read!"
--Tom Sancton, author of Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White
"At last! John McCusker's Creole Trombone
provides a compelling account of the early life and career of Ed Ory, one of the most fascinating protagonists in the development of New Orleans jazz. Through meticulous research and an innate sensitivity to Louisiana's distinctive couture de métissage, McCusker has brought hitherto undiscovered aspects of Ory's life to light, while deepening our understanding of his contributions to the idiom."
--Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University and author of New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History
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The definitive biography of the great band leader and New Orleans Jazz performer