Johnny Dunn 1923

World´s famous originator of trumpet tricks...

Not "Jazz Baby" but....

Jazzin' Babies Blues
October 1923

(Johnny Dunn)
April 1924

Florence Mills - Will Vodery - Johnny Dunn
April 1925

Edith Wilson & Johnny Dunn's Original Jazz Hounds
He used to be your Man but he's my Man now
December 1922
Collection Norman Bruderhofer

Johnny Dunn
(February 19, 1897 – August 20, 1937)

Before Louis Armstrong arrived in New York in 1924, Johnny Dunn was considered the top cornetist in the city. His staccato style, double-time effects and utilization of wah-wah mutes gave him notoriety for a time. Dunn had attended Fisk University in Nashville and had a solo act in Memphis before being discovered by W.C. Handy. He joined Handy's band in 1917 and during the next three years became known for his feature on "Sergeant Dunn's Bugle Call Blues" (which later became the basis for "Bugle Call Rag"). A pioneer with plunger mutes, Dunn's double-time breaks, with their inflexible and jerky rhythms, had a direct link to military bands. He recorded with Mamie Smith in 1920-1921, leaving in the latter year to lead his own Original Jazz Hounds. From 1921-1923, the cornetist recorded frequently, both with his own group and backing singer Edith Wilson. He joined Will Vodery's Plantation Orchestra in 1922, visiting Europe with the revue Dover to Dixie the following year. However, the Chicago musicians were much farther advanced than Dunn and once Louis Armstrong began influencing brassmen with his swinging, legato solos for Fletcher Henderson, Dunn was instantly out of date. After visiting Europe again (this time with the Blackbirds of 1926 show), Dunn briefly led his own big band and then in 1928 made his finest recordings, four numbers with Jelly Roll Morton and two with both James P. Johnson and Fats Waller on pianos. Strangely enough, he never recorded again, moving permanently to Europe, where he played with Noble Sissle in Paris, worked with his own group (the New Yorkers) mostly in Holland. Dunn died of tuberculosis aged 40 in Paris, France in August 1937, but with his playing style out of fashion he was largely forgotten by that time.

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Lex van Spell - Johnny Dunn


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