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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