Joe "King" Oliver  

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Joe "King" Oliver, (December 19, 1885April 10, 1938) was a jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly noted for his playing style, pioneering the use of mutes. Also a notable composer, he wrote many tunes still played regularly, including "Dippermouth Blues", "Sweet Like This", "Canal Street Blues", and "Doctor Jazz". Two of Louis Armstrong's most famous recordings, "West End Blues" and "Weather Bird," were Oliver compositions. His influence was such that Armstrong claimed , that 'if it had not been for Joe Oliver, Jazz would not be what it is today'.

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