From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Mitchell, George

(born: 1899  -  died: 1972) 

Mitchell, born in Louisville, KY, was a cornet player for a number of groups, including Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers. His career began in Louisville, then in 1919 he left for Chicago. He recorded with a number of groups, including the New Orleans Wanderers when he replaced Louis Armstrong, who had a prior contract agreement. Mitchell stopped performing in the 1930s, and little is known about his life after that, other than he settled in Chicago. For more see George Mitchell at; and The Rough Guide to Jazz, by D. Fairweather, B. Priestley, and I. Carr. Veiw image and listen to George Mitchell on cornet along with other band members playing Doctor Jazz - by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers with Kid Ory 1926 on YouTube.

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NKAA Source: The Rough guide to jazz

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