Briggs, “Pete” Peter (b. 1900? – death date unknown)

Thought to be a South Carolina native; cousin of [James] Arthur Briggs; played the tuba in the Jenkins Orphanage Band; in 1928, he recorded with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven and was closely associated with the New Orleans jazz scene where he often played the bass; played with the Jim Jam Jazzers, Lucky Boy Minstrels, Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, as well as Carroll Dickerson, Earl Hines, Hattie McDaniels, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong and His Stompers in Chicago during the 1920s; he played in New York with Louis Armstrong, Carroll Dickerson, and the Edgar Hayes Orchestra; he was associated with the Vernon Andrade Orchestra and Herman Autrey during the 1930s and 1940s; he recorded on Living With Jazz with the great writer and jazz aficionado/musician, Ralph Ellison; in the mid-1940s, he left jazz to become a farmer with little recognition by jazz historians to his legacy.

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