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date: 20 September 2019

Jones, Dolly [Doli; Doll; Hutchinson, Dolly; Armenra, Dolly; Armena, Doli]locked

  • Jonas Westover

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[Doli; Doll; Hutchinson, Dolly; Armenra, Dolly; Armena, Doli]

(b Chicago, IL, c1906; d ?Philadelphia, PA). American trumpeter and cornetist. Little is known about certain details of her life, except that she was the daughter of the female trumpeter Diyah [Diyer] Jones. She began her career as a member of the family band, which recruited Josephine Baker to dance with them around 1919. She was one of the first female jazz trumpeters to be heard on record. She recorded “When”/“That Creole Band” (1926, OK) as a soloist and a member of Al Wynn’s Creole Jazz Band; it may have been her only release. She spent much of her life in Chicago, where she played with Ma Rainey’s group in the mid-1920s. After marrying Jimmy Hutchinson she began to use his surname; later she returned to “Dolly Jones” and also used the surname Armenra, sometimes with variant spellings. By the middle of the next decade, she was performing regularly with Lil Armstrong’s band. She made a notable appearance in Oscar Micheaux’s all-black short film, ...

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