b. 12 June 1903, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 16 June 1925. Born into a musical family, Hardy played several instruments before settling on cornet. At the age of 14 he was good enough to work with the popular band led by Papa Jack Laine. During the next few years he played in various bands in his home state and to the north, including a spell on a riverboat. By the early 20s he was back in New Orleans, then had another riverboat engagement before travelling to Chicago to join the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. This job was short-lived and he returned to New Orleans, where he was laid low with a terminal illness. Like many other early jazzmen who made no known recordings, Hardy’s reputation rests entirely upon unsubstantiated remarks passed down through the years. In Hardy’s case it is suggested that he might have influenced Bix Beiderbecke. Certainly, Hardy is known to have played in Beiderbecke’s home-town, Davenport, Iowa, but the rest is speculation.