|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||jazz trumpet swing latin jazz raspy crooners with horns under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Adolphus Anthony Cheatham, 13 June 1905, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 2 June 1997, Washington, DC, USA. Cheathams remarkably long career began in the early 20s when he worked in vaudeville theatre pit bands, often accompanying important blues singers of the era. In the middle of the decade he worked in Chicago where he encountered the main influence on his life, Louis Armstrong. Until this point Cheatham had dabbled with the saxophone, playing soprano with Ma Rainey, but now he concentrated on trumpet, developing a striking technique but never sacrificing his lovely tone. During the second half of the 20s and on into the early 30s, Cheatham played with many bands, including those of Wilbur De Paris, Chick Webb, Sam Wooding (who took him a tour of Europe in 1928-29), and Cab Calloway, with whom he remained for six years, during which time he again toured Europe. In 1939 Cheatham became a member of Teddy Wilsons big band and followed this with a spell in...