Joseph Nathan "King" Oliver was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized for his playing style and his pioneering use of mutes in jazz. Also a notable composer, he wrote many tunes still played today, including "Dippermouth Blues", "Sweet Like This", "Canal Street Blues", and "Doctor Jazz". He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong. His influence was such that Armstrong claimed, "if it had not been for Joe Oliver, Jazz would not be what it is today."
|Birth name:||Joseph Nathan Oliver|
|Also known as:||King Oliver|
|Born:||December 19, 1881, Aben, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Died:||April 10, 1938, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.|
|Associated acts:||Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Lawrence Duhé|
About Joe King Oliver
Known for his use of mutes in jazz, as well as for his compositions, like "Doctor Jazz."
Joe King Oliver Before Fame
He started playing with brass bands in New Orleans in his mid-twenties and started his own extremely popular band with Kid Ory.
Achievement of Joe King Oliver
His band King Oliver and his Dixie Syncopators was an expanded group of nine, which toured in the mid-1920s.
Joe King Oliver Family Life
He and his wife raised a daughter named Ruby.
Associations of Joe King Oliver
Oliver was mentor to Louis Armstrong and one of his most important influences.
Information related to King Oliver
- "Snag it " - "Snag-it" is a song written by Joe "King" Oliver. Oliver recorded the song with his Dixie Syncopators in Chicago for Vocalion/Brunswick on September 17, 1926.
- American jazz songwriters
- American jazz cornetists
- Dixieland jazz musicians
- Paramount Records artists
- Gennett Records artists
- Okeh Records artists
- Vocalion Records artists
- Big band bandleaders
- Songwriters from Louisiana
- Jazz musicians from Illinois
- African-American jazz musicians
- Jazz musicians from New Orleans
- American jazz bandleaders
- Songwriters from Illinois
- African-American songwriters
- Musicians from Chicago