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A native of LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish, Ory was the first important trombonist on the New Orleans jazz scebe and the first African-American bandleader to record New Orleans jazz material. He also recorded with Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Jelly Roll Morton. By the 1930s, interest in traditional New Orleans jazz dwindled and so did Ory’s career, temporarily. But a traditional jazz revival brought Ory roaring back in the 1940s, and he remained active for another three decades.
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