Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers.
Dominic James "Nick" La Rocca (April 11, 1889 – February 22, 1961), was an early jazz cornetist and trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. According to La Rocca himself, he was "The Creator of Jazz", "The Christopher Columbus of Music", and "The most lied about person in history since Jesus Christ".
Willie Gary "Bunk" Johnson (ca. 1879 or 1889 – July 7, 1949) was a prominent early New Orleans jazz trumpet player in the early years of the 20th century who enjoyed a revived career in the 1940s. Bunk gave the year of his birth as 1879, although there is speculation that he may have actually been younger by as much as a decade.
Wingy Manone (13 February 1900 – 9 July 1982) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader. His major recordings included "Tar Paper Stomp", "Nickel in the Slot", "Downright Disgusted Blues", "There'll Come a Time (Wait and See)", and "Tailgate Ramble".
Percy Gaston Humphrey (January 13, 1905 - July 22, 1995) was a jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to his own jazz band—Percy Humphrey and His Crescent City Joymakers that he always led—for more than thirty years he was leader of the Eureka Brass Band. He also played in the band of the pianist Sweet Emma Barrett.
Bob Helm (July 18, 1914 in Fairmead, California – 2003) was a jazz clarinetist who is known for playing with Lu Watters and Turk Murphy. Helm is noted for being a member of the Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band in the 1940's. He is most associated with Dixieland music. He led at least one band, which was Bob Helm's Riverside Roustabouts.
Julian Clifton "Matty" Matlock (April 27, 1907 – June 14, 1978) was an American Dixieland jazz clarinettist, saxophonist and arranger born in Paducah, Kentucky. From 1929-1934 Matlock replaced Benny Goodman in the Ben Pollack band doing arrangements and performing on clarinet.