Jules Levy

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Jules Levy


Jules Levy (24 April 1838, London, Eng. – 28 November 1903, Chicago, Ill.) was a cornetist, teacher, and composer.

Levy reportedly began his study of the cornet with only its mouthpiece; his family could not afford the instrument itself. After immigrating to the United States, he began a significant musical career as a cornet soloist and was billed as The World's Greatest Cornetist. He was widely regarded as a foremost player, although the claim of World's Greatest has some challengers. He was a member of Patrick Gilmore's band for several years, performing with them at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. He was also a tester and promoter for C.G. Conn, manufacturer of musical instruments.

Levy's performed many pieces, among the most famous were Una Voce by Rossini, Carnival of Venice, Grand Russian Fantasia, and his favorite Whirlwind Polka. He was arguably the first cornetist to be recorded, having participated in an early public demonstration of Thomas Edison's tinfoil phonograph.

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