Thomas J. "Tommy" Ladnier (May 28, 1900 – June 4, 1939) was an American jazz trumpeter. Clarinetist/writer Mezz Mezzrow rated him second only to Louis Armstrong.
Ladnier moved to
in his youth. He was influenced by early New
Orleans trumpet/cornet players Bunk Johnson
and Joe "King" Oliver. About 1919 he moved to New Orleans , where he started making records in
1924. In 1926 he moved to Chicago to join the Fletcher Henderson
Orchestra. Two years later Ladnier toured New York City Europe with Sam Wooding's band, then returned
to the States to rejoin Fletcher Henderson, and then played in Noble Sissle's
Orchestra, with whom he again toured Europe.
In the 1930s Ladnier co-led a band with Bechet called The New Orleans
Feetwarmers, with whom Ladnier made some of his best recordings. Sidney
Tommy Ladnier died of a heart attack in
at the age of 39. New York City
Jimmy O'Bryant (c. 1896,
or Arkansas – Kentucky June 24, 1928, ) was an American jazz clarinetist,
often compared to Johnny Dodds. Chicago
O'Bryant played with the Tennessee Ten in 1920-21, then in a group with Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy in 1923. In 1924 he played with King Oliver. From 1923 to 1926 he recorded extensively with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, and also did sessions with his own Washboard Band. He died in 1928 at the peak of his career.
Gertrude Rainey v / Tommy Ladnier c / Jimmy O'Bryant cl / Lovie Austin p.
Recorded in Chicago on December 12, 1923.