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Emmett Hardy

Born: Jun 12, 1903

Death: Jun 16, 1925

Birthplace: Louisiana

Nationality: United States

Emmett Hardy

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1903
Date of Death : Jun 16, 1925
Birth Place : Louisiana

Emmett Louis Hardy was an early jazz cornet player and one of the best-regarded New Orleans musicians of his generation. Emmett Louis Hardy was born in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna, Louisiana, and lived much of his life in the Algiers neighborhood on the west bank of New Orleans. Hardy was a child prodigy, described as already playing marvelously in his early teens. Some New Orleans musicians remembered as a musical highlight of their lives a 1919 cutting contest where, after long and intense struggle, Hardy succeeded in outplaying Louis Armstrong. Emmett Hardy was in the original incarnation of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings under the direction of Bee Palmer. For a time during its Friar's Inn residency the NORK used a two-cornet format -- Paul Mares, leader and first cornet, and Emmett Hardy as second.

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