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Oliver, Joseph (Joe, King)

Born: 1885 AD
Died: 1938 AD, at 52 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Music bands, Musicians

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1885 - Joseph "King" Oliver, born on the 19th of December in Abend, Louisiana near Donaldsonville, and moved to New Orleans in his youth. He was a bandleader and jazz cornet player.

1919 - a fight broke out at a dance where he was playing, and the police arrested him and the band along with the fighters. This made him decide to leave the Jim Crow South.

1922 - He was nick named the jazz "King" in Chicago.

1923 - Demonstrated the serious artistry of the New Orleans style of collective improvisation or Dixieland music to a wider audience.

1938 - Died on the 10th of April.

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