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“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 twentieth century. A must-read!”

―Tom Sancton, author of Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White



“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 sugarcane 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 bestselling author of Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, and Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster



“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



“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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Product Details

  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617036269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617036262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kid Ory is a well known early Dixieland trombone player. He was born about 10 miles from my home and is well known and respected in this part of the U.S. Some of Kid Ory's extended family still live here.
John McCusker did a lot of excellent research and the book is pretty accurate. I could relate to most of the locales mentioned in the book and John has produced an accurate account of the evolution of early Dixieland Jazz and the musicians who performed that music.
I recognized many of the musicians mentioned in the book and remembered some of them who had been mentioned to me by my deceased father who also loved Dixieland Jazz.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the early history of Dixieland Jazz.
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John McCusker is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from New Orleans. But his journalistic talents are clearly not limited to his camera – this is the single best jazz biography I have ever read. He writes like a dream and unlike other meticulously researched books, Mr. McCusker doesn’t fall into the common trap of presenting page after page of obscure and often irrelevant detail. Instead, he weaves his discoveries and in-depth knowledge of both jazz and Louisiana to create a narrative that elegantly moves Kid Ory’s story along.

More than just a first-rate biography, Creole Trombone presents a fascinating look at the plight of young people of color after the Civil War, race relations in the Deep South, and naturally, the evolution of popular music from schottisches to cakewalks, to improvisational jazz and much more. This book is as much a cultural history as it is a biography. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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John's depection of the life of Kid Ory was excellent. He recaptured early life in St. John the Baptist Parish and the reader felt the author conducted an indept interview with Kid Ory. Well documented and well done!
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This is a well written book about one of the true unsung heroes of early jazz. John McCusker 's meticulous research brings new light to the significance of this jazz legend.
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