Bunk Johnson

Trumpet Player

Birthday December 27, 1879

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace New Orleans, LA

DEATH DATE Jul 7, 1949 (69)

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Jazz musician considered one of the best trumpeters of the early 1900s. He frequently collaborated with clarinetist George Lewis and with singer and fellow trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

Before Fame

As a young man, he occasionally performed with a band led by clarinetist Buddy Bolden.


After receiving a set of dentures and a new trumpet, he began recording music again in 1942.

Family Life

Not much is known about his personal history, as much of Johnson's life and legacy appears to be self-fabricated. It is certain, however, that he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Associated With

He collaborated with blues vocalist and guitarist Lead Belly, among numerous other musicians.