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KID RENA

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Henry Rena

Description: Trumpeter, USA
Known For: He and Louis Armstrong played in the same band

Instruments: Trumpet
Music Styles: Jazz

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 30th August 1898
Location Born: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Date Died: 25th April 1949
Location Died: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS

Web Site: Scott Yanow, Kid Rena at Allmusic

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Henry “Kid” Rena

An American jazz trumpeter who was an early star of the New Orleans jazz scene.

Henry “Kid” Rena was born in 1898 and is said to have taken lessons from Manuel Perez. When Louis Armstrong took a job on the S.S. Capitol, Rena replaced him in Kid Ory’s band.

New Orleans legend is rife with anecdotes about Kid Rena backing down in cutting contests with other legendary Jazz trumpet voices, namely Buddy Petit and Chris Kelly. One such story has Rena bowing out to Kelly in an impromptu bout held in a pouring rainstorm.

But unlike Petit or Kelly, Rena’s playing survives on record, and Rena was an important figurehead in New Orleans Jazz in the crucial decade of the 1930s, when Jazz in New Orleans nearly died out completely.

Henry “Kid” Rena was born on August 30, 1898 and is said to have taken lessons from Manuel Perez. When Louis Armstrong took a job on the S.S. Capitol, Rena replaced him in Kid Ory’s band.

Rena was with Ory until the latter departed for Los Angeles in 1922, then Kid Rena began his own “dixieland band” later that year. At some point he took over leadership of the Eureka Brass Band, and departed from them when he founded his own Brass Band circa 1932.

By 1942, the New Orleans Jazz “Revival” was officially underway; christened by a series of recordings of Willie ‘Bunk’ Johnson. Unfortunately the Kid was not to face the microphone again. Kid Rena had always been a big drinker, and by 1947 his health was poor to the extent he had to stop playing.

Kid Rena died at age 50, and outside of what must’ve been a HELL of a funeral parade in New Orleans, the passing of Kid Rena commanded little attention.

Part of the above was taken from the Red Hot Jazz Site.

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