b. 28 December 1871, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 1946, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. One of the Crescent City’s legendary figures, Perez was a respected cornet player, band leader and teacher. He rarely played anywhere else, working in dancehalls and leading the Onward Brass Band in street parades. He made few trips outside his home town, playing in Chicago in 1915 and again in 1928. Fellow musicians thought highly of him, suggesting that his technique and command were at least on a par with his better-known contemporaries. By the 40s he was inactive through ill health and died in 1946.
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