Teddy Wilson, jazz pianist of swing-era November 24 Teddy Wilson *This date marks the birth of Teddy Wilson in 1912. He was an African-American musician. As
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Teddy Wilson, jazz pianist of swing-era
*This date marks the birth of Teddy Wilson in 1912. He was an African-American musician.
As stride piano was fading, Wilson developed his own style that kept the contrapuntal relationship between the right and left hands, but softened the rhythm function and reduced the melodic density of the right hand. From Austin, Texas, Wilson began his career in the late 1920s in various Midwest bands. He ended up in Chicago, where he substituted for Earl Hines occasionally and made his first records with Louis Armstrong. He held his own in duets with Art Tatum in the early 1930s, and soon join Benny Carter's band in New York.
From 1935 to 1939, Wilson played on the sessions that resulted in Billie Holiday's greatest work. He joined Benny Goodman in 1936, breaking the color barrier by performing on an equal footing with Goodman in trios, quartets and sextets. In 1939 to form his own band and then formed a sextet, which reflected Wilson's exacting musical. Highly in demand as a pianist and arranger, he worked prolifically into the early 1940s.
Wilson rivaled Art Tatum and Earl Hines as one of the most important pianists of the swing era. He continued to record, teach and tour in the decades to come. Wilson died July 31, 1986, in New Britain, Connecticut, after a three-year bout with cancer.
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