Wilbur Harden Similar Artists

Jimmy Knepper - 55% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Minter Knepper, 22 November 1927, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 14 June 2003, Triadelphia, West Virginia, USA. Knepper learned to play trombone as a small child, later studying intensively. In the early 40s he played in local dance bands, playing jazz with various small groups. From the late 40s and into the early 50s he played with numerous name bands, including th Read more

Marcus Printup - 49% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1967, Conyers, Georgia, USA. Beginning life in a small southern town, Printup grew up around the music of the church. His formal musical education began with marching, concert and jazz bands at high school. Staying close to home, Printup attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he became a featured trumpet soloist with the school’s jazz band, as well as parti Read more

Teddy Buckner - 45% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s
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John Edward Buckner, 16 July 1909, Sherman, Texas, USA, d. 25 September 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. A fervent disciple of Louis Armstrong from his youth, Buckner remained so all his life. Although his technique was strong enough for him to have worked in whatever style he chose, he deliberately modelled his trumpet playing upon that of his idol, even when it became u Read more

Joe Wilder - 37% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Benjamin Wilder, 22 February 1922, Colwyn, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying music in his home-town, Wilder joined the trumpet section of the Les Hite band in his late teens. From Hite he graduated to the Lionel Hampton band and, before the 40s were over, had played with leaders such as Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder and Sam Donahue. In the 50s he Read more

Red Rodney - 21% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Rodney Chudnick, 27 September 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 27 May 1994, Boynton Beach, Florida, USA. Within a few years of taking up the trumpet (first presented to him by a great aunt at his bar mitzvah), Rodney was hired by dance band leader Jerry Wald. While still in his teens he also played with Jimmy Dorsey, Elliot Lawrence and Benny Goodman. By 1946 Read more

Cecil Payne - 20% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillesp Read more

Roland Hanna - 19% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ray Nance - 16% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Willis Nance, 10 December 1913, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 28 January 1976, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Nance studied formally for several years and played in various small bands, mostly in the Chicago area. By the early 30s he was a popular local entertainer, leading his own bands and playing several instruments, including trumpet and violi Read more

Elton Dean - 15% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 October 1945, Nottingham, England, d. 8 February 2006, London, England. This fiery, self-taught saxophonist mainly played alto but sometimes used saxello. He had lessons on piano from four years old and on violin from the age of 11. He hated these and took up clarinet and tenor saxophone, picking up the techniques himself and playing in various trad bands as a semi-profes Read more

Leroy Vinnegar - 13% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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13 July 1928, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, d. 2 August 1999, Portland, Oregon, USA. After teaching himself to play bass, Vinnegar worked in clubs in the Chicago area (including the Beehive), accompanying jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, before moving to the west coast in 1954. He immediately made an impact on the local music scene, then in the middle of the ‘cool j Read more

Mel Powell - 12% match to Wilbur Harden

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Melvin Epstein, 12 February 1923, New York City, New York, USA, d. 24 April 1998, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a teenager Powell played piano at Nick’s in New York City and soon thereafter joined Muggsy Spanier. His exceptional and at the time eclectic gifts attracted the attention of Benny Goodman, whom he joined in 1941. During his stint with Goodman he wrote seve Read more


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