Father of Dixieland Jazz
December 25, 1886
January 23, 1973
Place of Death:
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia and a heart attack
Holy Cross Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Edward "Kid" Ory was an American jazz composer, trombonist and bandleader. One of the early users of the glissando technique, he helped establish it as a central element of New Orleans jazz. As trombonist and bandleader, Kid Ory was a pioneer of the traditional New Orleans jazz style and played a key role in the New Orleans Revival of the 1940s. He is credited as the leader of the first black New Orleans jazz band to make a recording, and Ory’s recording of “Creole Song” in 1944 is the first documented performance of a jazz-informed song sung in Creole patois. During his long musical career, he worked alongside with jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Joseph “King” Oliver, Jimmie Noone, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Sidney Bechet. Ory retired from music in 1966 and spent his last years in Hawaii.
Kid Ory was a mentor and teacher to Benny Goodman and Charlie Mingus.
When the Depression lowered the curtain on the Jazz Age, Ory returned to California, where he worked as a postal sorter and ran a chicken ranch. Fortunately his career was far from over when he was at the forefront of the second Jazz Age in the 1940s and 1950s.
Final Resting Place:
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 West Slauson Avenue
Culver City, California, 90230
Grave Location:Grotto Section, Lot 59, Grave 4
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery turn left and drive by the former office and up the hill. As you approach the Grotto cave on your left, park 30 rows downhill from the cave. Ory’s simple monument is in the second row from the curb.
Grave Location GPS33.99084936545082, -118.38741017108958
Read More About Kid Ory:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Stanford University Collection - Kid Ory
- Kid Ory Finally Gets the Encore He Deserves
- Former Woodland Plantation now serves as the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House
- Trombonist and bandleader Kid Ory, a pioneer of the traditional New Orleans Jazz style
- Kid Ory: Profiles in Jazz
- Kid Ory Biography Took Arthur 15 Years to Complete
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