posted Oct 23, 2009, 12:21 AM by Cole Hunt
updated May 30, 2011, 4:54 PM
Doc Cheatam was born on June 13, 1905 and given the name Adolphus Anthony Cheatam. He would later go by the nickname "Doc" inspired by his family's hopes that he would become a pharmacist. He is best known for his jazz trumpet playing and band-leading. His musical career began in Nashville's African American vaudeville circuit in the 1920s, and he continued playing until his death in June of 1997.