Rare Image of New Orleans Legendary Cornetist Emmett Hardy E1
Legend has it that Emmett Hardy--who died very young--was the inspiration for Bix Beiderbecke and won an informal horn competition in New Orleans (called a "cutting" contest) against Louis Armstrong. Some things are certain: he was deeply loved by Martha Boswell of the Boswell Sisters and was greatly admired by musicians far and wide. The book, "The Boswell Legacy," contains much information about Hardy ascertained from the private family collection and discusses his influence on the Boswell Sisters both musically and personally.
I think the accounts of the Louis-Emmett cutting contest are legend, ot fact.