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 (less than 7 months after these recordings.) New York City
Tommy Ladnier, Sidney De Paris t / Mezz Mezzrow cl / James P. Johnson p / Teddy Bunn g / Elmer James sb / Zutty Singleton d.
Recorded in New York on November 21, 1938.