9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’re getting into the Carnival spirit by blasting “High Fever” this morning in New Orleans 9th Ward.

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of the best cornet players to ever come out of our city: Freddie Keppard, born on this day in 1889.

He would pass 44 years later but not before establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz.

By the age of 16 Keppard had already formed his own group, the Olympia Orchestra who were quickly in hot demand around town.

Keppard has a small presence on Youtube for those inclined.

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