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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 136

Jimmy "Trump" Davidson fonds.  - [ca. 1930]-[ca. 1975].  - 5 m of textual records.  - 11 audio tape reels. 

Biographical sketch
Jimmy "Trump" Davidson was born in Sudbury, Ontario, where in 1925 he founded the Melody Five, possibly the first jazz band in Canada.  Later, in Toronto, he associated as a cornet player, singer and arranger with such names as Luigi Romanelli, Rex Battle and Horace Lapp.  He formed various bands, including a dixieland sextet (around 1936) which appeared on radio programs of the English-language CBC (Jazz Unlimited) and on its own programs (Trump Davidson's Dixieland, Dixieland Concert, Dixieland Downbeat). 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of documents illustrating the musical career of Jimmy "Trump" Davidson:  500 manuscript arrangements of dixieland music; sound recordings of the Trump Davidson Orchestra. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Jimmy "Trump" Davidson in 1973, from Erica Davidson, widow of Jimmy "Trump" Davidson, in 1981 and 1982, and from Ms. Charles Broyden, niece of J. Davidson, in 1985. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 

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