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Willie James Humphrey (December 29, 1900 – June 7, 1994) was a New Orleans jazz clarinetist. Willie Humphrey was born in a musical family, the son of prominent local clarinetist and music teacher Willie Eli Humphrey; his brothers Earl Humphrey and Percy Humphrey also became well known professional musicians. After establishing himself with such New Orleans bands as the Excelsior and George McCullum's band, Humphrey traveled up north, playing with such other New Orleans musicians as Lawrence Duhé, and King Oliver in Chicago (Photos show Humphrey with Duhé's band playing in the stands for the infamous 1919 World Series). In Saint Louis, Missouri in the 1920s he made his first recordings. Back in New Orleans, he played for many years with the Eureka and Young Tuxedo Brass bands, the bands of Paul Barbarin and Sweet Emma Barrett, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Humphrey's clarinet playing remained vigorous and continued read more...
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WILLIE HUMPHREY New Orleans Clarinet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Orleans Clarinet
Original New Orleans Jazz 1974
WILLIE HUMPHREY Two Clarinets on the Porch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Clarinets on the Porch
Original New Orleans Jazz 1994
WILLIE HUMPHREY New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends, Vol. 2
Original New Orleans Jazz 1995
WILLIE HUMPHREY A Kiss to Build a Dream On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Original New Orleans Jazz 1999
WILLIE HUMPHREY Willie Humphrey Meets the Maryland Jazz Band of Cologne album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Willie Humphrey Meets the Maryland Jazz Band of Cologne
Original New Orleans Jazz 1999

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