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 rest of his long life. This first visit to Chicago lasted five years; then, after a spell of band leading with Frank Teschemacher, he worked in Milwaukee for several years, and, from 1941, played mostly in New York. For the next few years, broken only by military service during World War II, he was a regular at the citys popular dixieland clubs, including Nicks, Ryans and Condons. With Eddie Condon, Davison made numerous recordings and also toured Europe. In the 60s he divided his time between jobs on the east and west coasts, recording and touring, often as a single,...
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