Coming Through Slaughter


  • Buddy Bolden - a barber, publisher of The Cricket, a cornet player, good husband and father, and an infamous man around town; best, loved, and loudest jazzman of his time; never professional in the brain
  • Bricktop Jackson - prostitute who carried a 15 inch knife and her lover was John Miller who had no left arm and wore a chain with an iron ball on the end to replace it; she killed him on December 7, 1861
  • One-legged Duffy - born Mary Rich, was stabbed by her boyfriend and had her head beaten in with her own wooden leg
  • Tom Anderson - “The King of the District;” every year he published a blue book of every whore in New Orleans; closest thing to a patron Buddy Bolden ever had; would give him money for the family and for sending him two bottles of whiskey every day
  • Dago Tony - at the height of Bolden’s popularity, sponsored him as well sending him Raleigh Rye and wine
  • Nora Bass - Buddy’s wife; a former prostitute
  • Mrs. Bass - after Mr. Bass’ death all her daughters went into the red light district; she had a pet python she bought from a zoo; one night she went for a drive and never came back; Buddy and Nora found her car on a walk and Mrs. Bass had been strangled; they drove the car with her dead body in it to Webb; the car and body was stolen and Webb came up with the idea that the python strangled Mrs. Bass
  • Webb - a police detective; friend of Buddy; Nora does not know him and says she will not hire him to find Buddy; Webb does not want her money because he just wants to find Buddy who he says will not last by himself he and Buddy got to know each other when they worked in funfairs along the coast; Webb was twenty and Buddy was seventeen; they lived together for two years
  • Crawley - another cornet player; says the last time he saw Bolden was on a boat; says Bolden was supposed to stay with the Brewitts
  • Jaelin Brewitt - a pianist
  • Robin Brewitt - Buddy has an affair with her; she was a part of the Shell Beach music world
  • Frank Lewis - was at the first parade Bolden played at; he was playing too; Buddy would jump out of crowd and start playing then disappear in and then a little farther down the route he would jump out again then disappear
  • Freddie Keppard - cornet player who came after Buddy; closest to Buddy in volume; audiences of his in front row would move back rows
  • Jimmy Johnson - bass, part of Bolden’s band
  • Brock Mumford - guitar, part of Bolden’s band
  • Willy Cornish - valve trombone, part of Bolden’s band; only photo of Bolden which stayed in the possession of Cornish for many years
  • Will Warner - clarinet, part of Bolden’s band
  • Tom Pickett - Nora’s ex-lover and ex-pimp; Buddy cut him up after he heckled Buddy about Nora and him; Buddy slices his shirt up and slices off his nipple and cuts up his face; they get in a fight in the shaving parlor; a strop breaks his elbow and damages his knee; lives in Chinatown

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