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date: 13 May 2021

Brunies familylocked

  • Bill Russell
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld


Family of musicians, active principally in New Orleans. Henry Brunies, a baker who played violin, and his wife, Elizabeth, a pianist, had six sons and a daughter, all of whom were musical. The daughter, Ada, played guitar, and the eldest son, Rudy (1884–1955), played double bass, although he earned his living as a brewer. The second son, Richie (Richard) Brunies (b New Orleans, 29 Nov 1889; d New Orleans, 28 March 1961), played cornet in Fischer’s Brass Band (1907–8) and also in Papa Jack Laine’s Reliance Brass Band, where he was noted for his powerful tone.

(b New Orleans, 1891; d New Orleans, 1932). Trombonist. He played in brass bands in New Orleans but also toured the Mississippi Coast (c1921) and in California and performed and recorded in Chicago (1923–6) with a group led by his brother (2) Merritt Brunies. He was billed there as “the world’s greatest jazz trombonist,” and his youngest brother (4) Georg Brunis considered him the best musician in the family....

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