Ory moved to
in 1919, and in 1922, King Ory’s Creole Orchestra became the first
African-American jazz band to make a recording when they recorded the songs “Ory’s
Creole Trombone” and “Society Blues.” In 1925, Ory moved to California Chicago,
joining the migration of New Orleans jazz
musicians who were seeking fame and fortune in the .
In Windy City , Ory
played with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five and
Hot Seven and later with Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers. Chicago
During the Depression, Ory found himself out of work along with many of his colleagues. For several years he ran a chicken ranch with his brother and returned to music when the
style jazz revival happened in the Forties. He
reformed the Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band in 1943, and Ory was able to play jazz
until he retired in 1966, and he died at a ripe old age in 1973. New
The compilation albums, “Ory’s Creole Trombone: Greatest Recordings 1922-1944” (1995) and “The Chronological Classics: Kid Ory 1922-1945” (1999) are among the best available compilations of his music.