Buddy Bolden Biography
Birthday: September 6, 1877 (Virgo)
Born In: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Charles Joseph “Buddy” Boldenwas a key figure in the development of the jazz style of music in the late 19th century. The most renowned cornetist of his time, he improvised rhythm and music with his trumpet, creating a swanky blend of rural blues, adding spiritual spice and ragtime music with a twist. He is proclaimed as the ‘Father of Jazz’. Bolden was also referred to by many African-American musicians of his time as the ‘King’ of cornet. He was so musically dexterous that he could turn legendary numbersupside down and add new beats with varying tempo, rendering a refreshing twist. His fans would easily advance into a frenzy listening to his upbeat music and would yell for him to play some of his popular tunes such as ‘Funky Butt’. However, apart from his extraordinary talent with the cornet, he lived a desolated and dismal life owing to his poor mental health. He was often labelled ‘mysterious’ and ‘unfriendly’ by his band members and others who knew him. He amassed great fame and popularity and attracted plenty of wealth yetpeople did not know much about him apart from his music and weakness for women.