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date: 28 February 2020

Bacon, Louis locked


(b Louisville, KY, Nov 1, 1904; d New York, Dec 8, 1967). American trumpeter and singer. He was brought up in Chicago from the age of three. He first played with Zinky Cohn in Harbor Springs, Michigan (1926), then in 1928 moved to New York, where he worked with Bingie Madison (1928), recorded with Bessie Smith (1930) and Louis Armstrong (1932), and performed and recorded with Chick Webb (1930–?1934), Benny Carter (1932), Duke Ellington (1933–4), and Armstrong (1935–8). In 1938 tuberculosis forced a temporary retirement. After working with Carter again (at the Savoy Ballroom, March–May 1939) he toured Europe with Willie Lewis and recorded as a leader and with Freddy Johnson in Paris (both 1939) and with Lewis in Zurich (1941). In 1941 he returned to the USA, where he played and recorded with Cootie Williams (briefly in spring ...

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