Wilbur Ware Quintet
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Wilbur Bernard Ware, 8 September 1923, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 9 September 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. When Wares multi-instrumentalist foster-father organized church music Wilbur became interested, and learned to play the banjo and double bass. He then performed in amateur string groups in Chicago. In the 40s he was playing with Stuff Smith (violin), Roy Eldridge (trumpet) and Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone) in the mid-west. He started leading his own groups in 1953 at the Bee Hive Club and the Flame Lounge in Chicago, and also gigged with Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin. Between 1954 and 1955 he toured with the bebop-altoist-cum-R&B-singer Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and with the Jazz Messengers in the summer of 1956.
He and Art Blakey formed the rhythm section of the renowned Monk group that included both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane (1957). He also played with Buddy De Franco that year and recorded...