William Cornish (August 1, 1875 – January 12, 1942) was an early jazz musician – known for his being very active on the New Orleans scene playing, leading bands, and teaching music for decades. He was a member of Buddy Bolden's pioneering New Orleans style band, playing valve trombone, from about the late 1890s until 1903 or 1905, with a short break when he fought in the Spanish-American War. He was also an early member of the Eureka Brass Band. When he had a stroke which paralysed his left side before the summer of 1931, he contrived a way of holding his trombone in place with a strap so that he could continue playing.
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At some time prior to the summer of 1931, Willie Cornish suffered a stroke while playing a parade with the Eureka, collapsing at the corner of Rampart and Julia Streets. He was paralysed down his left side but devised a strap to hold the trombone in place so he could continue to play.
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