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date: 18 August 2019

Bonano, Sharkeylocked

(09 April 1902–27 March 1972)
  • Jack Sohmer


Bonano, Sharkey (09 April 1902–27 March 1972), jazz trumpeter and singer, was born Joseph Gustaf Bonano in the Milneburg section of New Orleans, Louisiana. His father was a classical flutist. He was given his nickname after the professional boxer “Sailor” Tom Sharkey. Using an instrument bought from black cornetist Buddy Petit, Bonano began playing while in his mid-teens, gaining some experience in local bands before working briefly in early 1920 in trombonist Eddie Edwards’s Jazz Orchestra in New York City. After returning to New Orleans, around 1921 he worked at a dance hall in the Lake Pontchartrain resort area in a band led by tubaist and bassist Chink Martin and then in pianist Freddie Newman’s group at the Ringside Club....

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