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Jazz April Birthday #18: Little Brother Montgomery 1906-1985 | April 18, 2013

Little Brother Montgomery photo credit: Axel Küstner

Little Brother Montgomery
photo credit: Axel Küstner

Born Eurreal Wilford Montgomery on April 18, 1906 in Kentwood, Louisiana (across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans),  Jelly Roll Morton was his first influence.  Little Brother Montgomery spent some time in Mississippi, playing lumber camps and inspiring and mentoring the likes of Willie Dixon, Otis Span and Sunnyland Slim.  But  most of his career based was in Chicago, associated with the popular blues scene there.  He was also a fine jazz pianist, and his blues compositions like “Vicksburg Blues” and “Tasty Blues” became standards.

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