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  • Karen Sirna

    Buddy Bolden's Band, the first of all jazz bands, some time before 1895. Standing, left to right, William Warner; Willie Cornish; Charles "Buddy" Bolden; James Johnson; seated, Frank Lewis; Jeff "Brock" Mumford.

  • Chere Brown

    Charles "Buddy" Bolden (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) an African-American cornetist and regarded as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music which later came to be known as jazz. Bolden suffered an episode of acute alcoholic psychosis in 1907 at the age of 30. The full diagnosis was dementia praecox. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Insane Asylum, where he spent the rest of his life. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Holt Cemetery.

  • S T R A N G E S E A

    The only known photograph Buddy Bolden. Cornet player. Schizophrenic. King. He left no recordings or sheet music but was know for his plangent and improvised playing style. John Keats the English poet, destitute, sick, and dying in Italy, insisted his grave stone refer to a quote from the play Philaster ("All your better deeds / Shall be in water writ,") but otherwise go unnamed. It reads: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." Buddy Bolden was another that left but a passing ripple.

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♍ Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden (9/6/1877 - 11/4/1931) was a cornetist and is regarded as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music, which later came to be known as jazz. He was known as King Bolden and his band was a top draw in New Orleans from about 1900 until 1907, when he was incapacitated by schizophrenia (then called dementia praecox). He left no known surviving recordings, but he was known for his very loud sound and constant improvisation.

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