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Nick LaRocca (1889-1961) was a Sicilian-American jazz trumpet player, composer, and leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which made the first jazz record in New York City in February 1917. After touring England 1919-20, LaRocca disbanded the group in 1925 but staged a two-year comeback in 1936. When not performing as a jazz musician, he worked in New Orleans as a contractor.

Interviews with Nick LaRocca can be found here:
http://musicrising.tulane.edu/listen/detail/424/LaRocca-Interview-1958-05-21
http://musicrising.tulane.edu/listen/detail/427/LaRocca-Interview-1958-06-09
http://musicrising.tulane.edu/listen/detail/426/LaRocca-Interview-1958-06-02

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