b. 18 December 1887, Bertrandville, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 February 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Immensely popular in and around New Orleans, trumpeter Morgan’s career was dogged by ill health. Nevertheless, he achieved lasting fame owing to some classic recordings made in 1927 that showed his to be a band of great style and attack, playing in the New Orleans manner. The band survived changing fashions but, following Morgan’s second stroke, broke up in 1933. Morgan had three musical brothers: Andrew (b. 13 March 1901, d. 19 September 1972; clarinet/saxophone), Isaiah (b. 7 April 1897, d. 11 May 1966; trumpet), and Al Morgan (b. 19 August 1908, d. 14 April 1974), who played bass with numerous bands including those of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Les Hite, and also worked with Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Sabby Lewis.
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