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Larry Shields


LARRY SHIELDS (clarinetist) was born September 13, 1893 in New Orleans and passed away November 21, 1953 in Los Angeles. The Dixieland musician grew up in a musical family and started playing professionally at 14, later moving to Chicago and working with Bert Kelly and Tom Brown’s bands before joining The Original Dixieland Band in 1916. After brief periods in York, Shield spent the majority of his career in Los Angeles. His playing and particularly his recordings influenced such artists as Benny Goodman.