b. c.1899, possibly New York City, New York, USA, d. c.1939. After playing in a youth band in which his companions included Bubber Miley, trombonist Irvis accompanied blues singer Lucille Hegamin and also worked with Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith. During the early and mid-20s he was with Duke Ellington and also appeared on numerous recording dates, often under the leadership of Clarence Williams. In the late '20s he played with bands led by Charlie ‘Fess’ Johnson and Jelly Roll Morton and in 1931 performed briefly with his old school friend Miley. Although he drifted into obscurity as the decade progressed, Irvis left a number of recordings on which his distinctive muted playing can be heard, notably those made with Fats Waller.
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