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The story of Charles "Buddy" Bolden – also known as King Bolden – is the story of jazz itself at its very beginnings. A trumpet player in New Orleans in the first few years of the 20th Century, Bolden influenced the first generation of jazzmen. We have no recordings of Bolden, but the great Jelly Roll Morton called him "the most powerful trumpet player I've ever heard, or ever was known." This tune was Bolden's only known piece of… read more

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