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Michaela Willger Sarah Steinquist Leslie Bonita Zachary Mirsky Shuting Zhang Sarah Friedman “King” Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band Joe "King" Oliver, born 1885, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started playing music at a very young age because of a debilitating disorder, which left him blind in one eye and unable to participate in rambunctious activities with his friends. He began as a trombonist in New Orleans around 1908 and later switched to the cornet. He was one of the "most important figures in early Jazz.” In 1918, Oliver formed “The Creole Jazz Band” in Chicago, Illinois. Though the band was formed in Chicago, it was made up of the best of the best of New Orleans's musicians: Johnny Dodds on clarinet, Honroe Dutrey on trombone, Baby Dodds on drums, Bill Johnson on bass, Lil Hardin-Armstrong on piano, and the band's leader, Oliver on cornet. One of the most prominent characteristics of the band included improvisation, which was flawless; members of the band always seemed to be in perfect synchronization with one another. In addition, Oliver pioneered the use of the mutes—this mastery can be heard on
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