b. Theodore Carpenter, 15 April 1898, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. date unknown. While still a teenager, Carpenter lost an arm following an accident (John Chilton records that the surgeon carrying out the amputation was the uncle of trumpeter Doc Cheatham). Carpenter later began playing trumpet, working in various travelling shows in the south-western and Midwestern states. Among the territory bands with which he played were those led by Zack Whyte and Speed Webb during the 20s and in the 30s he was playing with lesser-known bands in the south and south-east. During this decade he moved to New York, playing with many different bands and also leading his own small groups. Carpenter continued to play into late middle-age. A sound and usually reliable player, his career was spent mostly in minor bands and well outside the main centres of music and recording.
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