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Briggs, [James] Arthur (1899-1991)

Considered one of the best trumpeters in Europe; some oral history accounts state that Briggs spent some of his childhood in Charleston and studied music at Jenkins Orphanage along with his cousin and tuba player, Pete Briggs; other accounts state that Briggs did not spent time at Charleston’s Jenkins Orphanage but studied perhaps in New York City with Jenkins Orphanage instructor, Francis Eugene Mikel.

(From the “Charleston Jazz Initiative” – View this Article)