Arthur Whetsel was one of the finest trumpeters in jazz and a prominent member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
He was born in 1905 in Punta Gorda, Florida. From the Ellington Forum
this was recently posted about his background:
"Gushee also reports that the 1920 census lists Whetsel as a 15 year-old mulatto, born in Florida of a Maryland-born father and a Florida-born mother. "
I would very much appreciate any information about his parents.