Joe King Oliver

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Date of Birth May 11, 1885
Place of Birth Aben, Louisiana
Date of Death Apr 8, 1938 (52)
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King Oliver

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.
Genres: Jazz, Dixieland
Occupation(s): Bandleader
Instruments: Cornet
Years active: 1907−1937
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
  • Janitors
  • 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
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