The cornet madam and the trombonist actress

What do a brothel madam in New Orleans and a comic actress in Paris have in common? Not a lot you’d think, but they were both accomplished brass players.

agAntonia Gonzales duetted on her cornet with Tony Jackson and Jelly Roll Morton, and also performed in the nude for her clients.



Marguerite Dufay was a trombonist who made her mdname mainly on the Parisian vaudeville and revue theatre stage and was immortalised by a famous lithograph of herself playing the trombone, by Louis Anquetin, in 1899. These were just two of the many female brass soloists who have entertained audiences around the world over the last 200 years.

An overview of their respective careers in given in the paper below.

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