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Wild Bill Davison - 89% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Edward Davison, 5 January 1906, Defiance, Ohio, USA, d. 14 November 1989, Santa Barbara, California, USA. As a youth Davison played with local bands, making occasional trips to Cincinnati and even New York in the mid-20s. While playing with the Seattle Harmony Kings, Davison made his first visit to Chicago, the city where he was to remain stylistically linked for the Read more

Hot Lips Page - 78% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Oran Thaddeus Page, 27 January 1908, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 5 November 1954, New York City, New York, USA. In the 20s Page played trumpet mostly in his home state but also toured in bands accompanying some of the best of the day’s blues singers, among them Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Ida Cox. Towards the end of the 20s Page joined Walter Page’s Blue Devils, a band Read more

Edmond Hall - 77% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 May 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 11 February 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Hall was born into a highly musical family: his father played clarinet and four of his brothers became professional musicians, mostly on reed instruments, the best known of these being clarinettist Herb Hall. After playing clarinet in his home-town with Buddy Petit, Lee Collins, Kid Th Read more

Charlie Shavers - 70% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1917, New York City, New York, USA, d. 8 July 1971, New York City, New York, USA. Shavers took up trumpet in his teens and played with various minor bands before joining Tiny Bradshaw in 1937. In the same year he played with Lucky Millinder, Jimmie Noone and John Kirby. The Kirby sextet proved an ideal setting for him, both as trumpeter and arranger, and he stayed f Read more

Cootie Williams - 64% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Melvin Williams, 10 July 1911, Mobile, Alabama, USA, d. 15 September 1985, New York City, New York, USA. A self-taught trumpeter, Williams first played professionally in the mid-20s, when he was barely into his teens, appearing in the band run by the family of Lester Young. He later played in several New York bands, including those led by Chick Webb and Fletcher Hend Read more

Henry Red Allen - 64% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
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Casa Loma Orchestra - 63% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Canadian tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt had delusions of grandeur similar to those exhibited by William Randolph Hearst. Pellatt’s equivalent to Hearst’s castle at San Simeon was Casa Loma, a house he built near Toronto. In 1929 a group of musicians, originally controlled by contractor Jean Goldkette and working as the Orange Blossoms, mainly in Canada, decided to strike ou Read more

Ruby Braff - 63% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Reuben Braff, 16 March 1927, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 9 February 2003, North Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. Although Braff did not make a notable impact on the jazz scene until the mid-50s, he was already an accomplished and experienced cornet player. He had worked extensively in the Boston area from the late 40s, playing with Pee Wee Russell and Edmond Hall, recording w Read more

Bunk Johnson - 61% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Geary Johnson, 27 December 1889, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 July 1949, New Iberia, Louisiana, USA. Johnson’s early career has only recently been unravelled, and then only partly, thanks to his own, often inaccurate testimony. Until his enforced retirement from music in 1934 Johnson was certainly an active musician, playing in numerous New Orleans-based ba Read more

Bennie Moten - 59% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Moten, 13 November 1894, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 2 April 1935, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. In his youth, Moten gained a substantial reputation in and around his home town as a pianist; by 1920 he had become an established and respected band leader. His unit, originally a small outfit, gradually expanded until it was a big band ready to take advantage of the u Read more

Bill Coleman - 59% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Johnson Coleman, 4 August 1904, Centreville, Kentucky, USA, d. 24 August 1981, Toulouse, France. Despite trying various reed instruments, Coleman switched to trumpet after hearing records by Louis Armstrong and served his apprenticeship during the late 20s and early 30s in a string of amateur, semi-pro and professional bands, including those led by J.C. Higginbotham, Read more

Harry "Sweets" Edison - 54% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1915, Columbus, Ohio, USA, d. 27 July 1999, Columbus, Ohio, USA. A trumpeter who was inspired by Louis Armstrong, Edison gained valuable early experience with a number of territory bands, including the excellent Jeter-Pillars Orchestra. After a short spell with Lucky Millinder, Edison joined the Count Basie band in 1938, where he remained until Basie folded his bi Read more

Lu Watters - 53% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lucious Watters, 19 December 1911, Santa Cruz, California, USA, d. 5 November 1989, Santa Rosa, California, USA. After playing trumpet with several bands, Watters began leading his own combos in the mid-20s and thereafter was rarely out of work. Although his early bands were orientated towards swing and dance music, by the end of the 30s he was more and more dedicated to tra Read more

Tony Pastor - 52% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1907, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, d. 31 October 1969, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA. As a teenager Pastor played tenor saxophone in a number of east coast-based bands, sometimes with Artie Shaw who was a neighbour. Pastor tried a hand at band leading in the early 30s but with limited success. In the middle of the decade he joined Shaw’s band, became one of its Read more

Wingy Manone - 50% match to Buck Clayton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Matthews Manone, 13 February 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 July 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Manone lost his right arm in a road accident while still a child, but took up trumpet playing, turning professional in his mid-teens. The 20s were hectic times for Manone. He worked with many riverboat and territory bands, visited St. Louis where he made his first r Read more


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