This Day in History: 1878-12-19

Manuel Perez, American jazz cornetist, member of Robechaux’s orchestra (1895-98), member of Onward Brass Band (1899-1902), led the Imperial Orchestra (1900-17), excellent reading ability, known as an early ragtime musician, not a jazz improviser, led his band in Chicago (1915-19), back in New Orleans led the Imperial Brass Band (1921-27), led the Imperial Serenaders, born in New Orleans, Louisiana.