Kid Ory led his Original Creole Jazz Band from New Orleans to Los Angeles and from there to Chicago in the years after WWI. He released his earliest records on his is very own Sunshine label (the first Blues music to be made on the West-coast ) and distribited his products through a single store in LA. Kid later went on to play trombone on Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith‘s hit records, and he also had a great talent for picking up musicians who could improvise, giving many future stars a place in his band. This pioneer of Jazz and Blues was still playing a residency at the age 80.
‘Tin Roof Blues’ from the Kid Ory Creole Orchestra;
[weaver_youtube http://youtu.be/fHmYLR4Qa-4 id=videoid sd=0 percent=100 ratio=0.5625 center=1 rel=1 https=0 privacy=0]
Advised by doctors to seek a more healthy environment, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1919 and made the first jazz ever recorded on the West-coast, as demand for the new ‘race music‘ grew. Kid’s early efforts included some vocal tracks by Blues Divas, Roberta Dudley and Ruth Lee in 1922. Kid had the records pressed and issued them under his own Sunshine label, selling them through a single outlet, Spike’s Record Store on Central Avenue. Kid moved his operations to Chicago in 1925, where the prohibition era clubs and speakeasies were hungry for good live music. His talented and disciplined musicians were in demand for studio sessions too, backing Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith on many hit records. He also gave a chance to young players like Benny Goodman and later to the bass player Charlie Mingus.
Kid and his band play a gig in Paris in 1959;
[weaver_youtube http://youtu.be/yDGKKcu_C-c id=videoid sd=0 percent=100 ratio=0.5625 center=1 rel=1 https=0 privacy=0]
[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”Kid Ory Discography” float=”true” align=”left” width=”300″]Recorded in 1955, Kid’s accomplished band give classics like ‘Make Me a Pallet’ the New Orleans treatment.
[/stextbox]The thirties were a lean time for a lot of musicians, but there was a revival of interest in New Orleans Jazz in the early 40s. Kid’s band made many radio broadcasts during WWII, including a history of that revolutionary music, and his recording career revived too as he released discs under the title ‘Kid Ory’s Original Creole Orchestra’. After the War, Kid moved back to Los Angeles and settled into a long residency at The Beverley Cavern. In the mid-60s, Kid retired from music and spent his late years in Hawaii, where he passed away in 1973.