Joe "King" Oliver (December 19, 1885 – April 10, 1938) was a jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly noted for his playing style, pioneering the use of mutes. Also a notable composer, he wrote many tunes still played regularly, including "Dippermouth Blues", "Sweet Like This", "Canal Street Blues", and "Doctor Jazz". He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong.
Charles "Buddy" Bolden (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans style of rag-time music which later came to be known as jazz.
William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a blues composer and musician, often known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form.
Emile Joseph Christian (New Orleans April 20, 1895 – December 3, 1973 in New Orleans) (sometimes spelled Emil Christian) was an early jazz trombonist; he also played cornet and string bass. Christian was born into a musical family in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, most prominently his older brother Frank Christian was a noted cornetist and bandleader. Emile Christian played both cornet and trombone with the Papa Jack Laine bands.
Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader. Over his long career, Nichols recorded in a wide variety of musical styles, and critic Steve Leggett describes him as "an expert cornet player, a solid improviser, and apparently a workaholic, since he is rumored to have appeared on over 4,000 recordings during the 1920s alone."
Paul Mares (June 15, 1900 – August 18, 1949), was an American early dixieland jazz cornet & trumpet player, and leader of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Mares was born in New Orleans. His father, Joseph E. Mares, played cornet with the military band at the New Orleans lakefront and ran a fur and hide business. Like many New Orleans cornetists of his generation, Joe Mares's main influence was "King" Joe Oliver.
Emmett Louis Hardy (June 12, 1903 – June 16, 1925) was an early jazz cornet player and one of the best regarded New Orleans musicians of his generation. Emmett Louis Hardy was born in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, lived much of his life in the Algiers neighborhood of the west bank of New Orleans. Hardy was a child prodigy, described as already playing marvelously in his early teens.
Freddie Keppard (sometimes rendered as Freddy Keppard) (February 27, 1890 - July 15, 1933) was an early jazz cornetist. Keppard was born in the Creole of Color community of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. His older brother Louis Keppard was also a professional musician. Freddie played violin, mandolin, and accordion before switching to cornet. After playing with the Olympia Orchestra he joined Frankie Dusen's Eagle Band, taking the place recently vacated by Buddy Bolden.
Buddie Petit or Buddy Petit (ca. 1890?-4 July 1931) was a highly regarded early jazz cornetist. His early life is somewhat mysterious, with dates of his birth given in various sources ranging from 1887 to 1897; if the later date is correct he was evidently a prodigy, regarded as one of the best in New Orleans, Louisiana in his early teens. He was said to have been born in White Castle, Louisiana. His given name was Joseph Crawford, but was adopted by trombonist Joseph Petit, whose name he took.
Jeff Hughes is an American traditional jazz cornet player. Hughes plays and records with several bands including The Wolverine Jazz Band, The Paramount Jazz Band, The Brahmin Bellhops and has also extensively recorded with banjoist Jimmy Mazzy. He is a widely recorded jazz musician who is known for always wearing a hat. He also has an extensive collection of vintage cornets. He currently lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Bent Persson (born 6 September 1947) is Swedish jazz trumpeter and cornetist, internationally renowned for his renditions on 3 CD:s of Louis Armstrong's 50 Hot Choruses published for Melrose Brother's in Chicago 1927.