Personalities | Jabbo Smith | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Trumpet, 1908–91)

This Georgia-born trumpeter (real name Cladys Smith) was on the New York scene by the age of 17 in 1925, working with Charlie Johnson’s house band at Small’s Paradise. In 1927 he played on Duke Ellington’s ‘Black And Tan Fantasy’ and later that year joined James P. Johnson and Fats Waller in Chicago for a production of Keep Shufflin’. By 1929, Smith was being touted as competition for Louis Armstrong on the strength of recordings with his Rhythm Aces for Brunswick.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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