Teddy Riley

Teddy Riley, a veteran jazz trumpet player who blew “Taps” for Louis Armstrong, died Nov. 14 of a respiratory illness.

He was 68.

A fixture in the city’s jazz scene for nearly half a century, he traveled extensively backing up performers ranging from Fats Domino to Wynton Marsalis.

In 1971, Riley was the last person to play Armstrong’s boyhood coronet. The instrument was taken out of its display case at a New Orleans museum so he could play “Taps” in a tribute to Armstrong.

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