Lawrence Duhé

Lawrence Duhé (April 30, 1887 – 1960), also known as Lawrence Duhe,[1] was an early jazz clarinetist and bandleader.

Early lifeEdit

Duhé was born in LaPlace, Louisiana, on April 30, 1887.[2] His father, Evariste, worked in a sugar mill and played the violin.[1] Lawrence played with his three brothers[2] in the Duhe Brothers Band, and their two sisters played piano and organ in churches.[1]

Later life and careerEdit

Duhé was part of Kid Ory's band and followed the trombonist to New Orleans in 1910.[3] They separated around 18 months later, and Duhé led his own band in Storyville.[3] In 1917 he moved to Chicago, where his band played in dance halls and performed at the 1919 World Series.[2] In 1923 he returned to New Orleans and played for most of the next decade in bands led by trumpeter Evan Thomas and trombonist Gus Fortinet.[2] After touring with the Rabbit's Foot minstrel show he worked in Lafayette, Louisiana with trumpeter Frank Brown.[2] Duhé retired from music in 1945 and died in Lafayette in 1960.[2] Grove reports that, "Despite his prominence in the history of early jazz, Duhé is not known to have made any recordings that were issued commercially."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c McCusker, John (2012). Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-61703-627-9.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Tovey, Michael; Kernfeld, Barry (2003). "Oxford Music Online". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J131200. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b McCusker, John (2012). Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-61703-627-9.