Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991

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Cladys "Jabbo" Smith was born in Claxton, Ga.; Smith received his musical education at the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, S.C.; a brass player, singer and composer, Smith has been called "The Trumpet Ace of the '20's"--Thought by some jazz historians to have been Louis Armstrong's only serious competition in the late-1920s and early-1930s; Smith died 16 Jan. 1991, in Manhattan at age 82.

From the description of Jabbo Smith papers, 1903-1991; (bulk, 1954-1991). (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 31060738

"Jabbo" Smith, born Cladys Smith in 1908 in Pembroke, Georgia, was an African-American jazz trumpeter, trombonist and singer. He died in St. Louis in 1991.

From the description of The Jabbo Smith collection, 1930-1991. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431900

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referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991. The yellow dog blues [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991. Lead sheets : unpublished copyright deposits, 1926-1930 / Jabbo Smith. Library of Congress
creatorOf Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991. The yellow dog blues. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Grover Sales Collection, 1940-2004 Archive of Recorded Sound
creatorOf Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991. The Jabbo Smith collection, 1930-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Smith, Jabbo, 1908-1991. Jabbo Smith papers, 1903-1991; (bulk, 1954-1991). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Milnes, Harriett. Duke Ellington oral history, 1939-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith Chicago Kool Jazz Festival. corporateBody
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Gordon, Lorraine. person
associatedWith Jabbo's Music Box Musicians and Entertainers Club, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Jazz Fest Berlin. corporateBody
associatedWith Jenkins Orphanage (Charleston, S.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Marsalis, Wynton, 1961- person
associatedWith Sales, Grover, Mr. person
associatedWith Smith, Jabbo, 1908- person
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South Carolina--Charleston
United States
Charleston (S.C.)
New York (State)--New York
Milwaukee (Wis.)
African Americans
African American musicians
Jazz festivals
Jazz--1921-1930--Lead sheets
Jazz musicians--Biography
Trumpet with jazz ensemble
Trumptet music (Jazz)
African American musicians--Biography
Jazz musicians


Birth 1908-12-24

Death 1991-01-16




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