Phonnie Trent

Alphonso E. “Phonnie” Trent, a jazz pianist who studied at Shorter College in Little Rock (Pulaski County); circa 1920s. Trent led a band in the 1920s that became one of the most respected in the pre-swing era.

Portrait photo of a seated young black man with a serious expression wearing a three-piece pinstriped suit bow tie and pocket square

Courtesy of the Arkansas State Archives