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Fletcher Henderson - 100% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, 18 December 1897, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA, d. 28 December 1952, New York City, New York, USA. One of the most important figures in the development of big band music, in the early 30s Henderson set the standards by which early big band jazz was measured. He did this through a combination of selecting leading jazz players for his band and, together Read more

Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway - 95% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Comedy Jazz Big Band & Swing Documentaries Drama Television Vocals Action & Adventure Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Easy Listening Kids & Family
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cabell Calloway, 25 December 1907, Rochester, New York, USA, d. 18 November 1994, Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, Delaware, USA. Involved in showbusiness from an early age, vocalist Calloway was an occasional drummer and MC, working mostly in Baltimore, where he was raised, and Chicago, where he relocated in the late 20s. He worked with his sister Blanche, and then, in 1929, h Read more

Lionel Hampton - 84% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock Jazz Soundtracks Television Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 April 1908 (some claim 1909 and 1914), Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 31 August 2002, New York, USA. After living briefly in Louisville and Birmingham, Alabama, Hampton was taken to Chicago where he lived with his grandparents. They sent him to Holy Rosary Academy at Collins, Wisconsin, where he was taught the rudiments of military band drumming by a Dominican nun. Followi Read more

Jimmie Lunceford - 75% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing
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Chick Webb - 72% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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William Henry Webb, 10 February 1909, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 19 June 1939, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Although crippled soon after his birth, Webb’s determination to be a drummer overcame his physical infirmities. After playing in local bands, he travelled to New York while still a teenager and soon formed his own band there. By 1927 he had played at the Savoy Ball Read more

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman - 68% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Big Band & Swing Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals World Music Kids & Family Music & Radio Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin David Goodman, 30 May 1909, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 June 1986, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a large, impoverished family of immigrants, Goodman experienced hard times while growing up. Encouraged by his father to learn a musical instrument, Goodman and two of his brothers took lessons; as the youngest and smallest he learned to play the clarinet. Th Read more

Count Basie

Count Basie - 65% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Blues Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Vocals Musicals & The Arts Television Big Band & Swing Documentaries Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul War
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Allen Basie, 21 August 1904, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA, d. 26 April 1984, Hollywood, California, USA. Band leader and pianist Basie grew up in Red Bank, just across the Hudson River from New York City. His mother gave him his first lessons at the piano, and he used every opportunity to hear the celebrated kings of New York keyboard - James P. Johnson, Willie ‘Th Read more

Sidney Bechet - 63% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 May 1897, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 14 May 1959, Paris, France. A major figure in early jazz, an outstanding clarinettist, and for decades the only performer of consequence on soprano saxophone, Sidney Bechet’s career began in 1909. During the next few years he played clarinet in bands led by legendary musicians such as Buddy Petit, John Robichaux and Bunk John Read more

Cole Porter - 62% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Vocals Jazz Soundtracks Drama Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - 62% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals Drama Music & Radio Soundtracks Vocals Pop / Rock Big Band & Swing Action & Adventure Blues Blues Comedy Dance Documentaries Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Musicals & The Arts Mystery / Thriller Television
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 62% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

Sonny Rollins - 62% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Music & Radio Blues Comedy
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Walter Rollins, 7 September 1929, New York City, New York, USA. Although an older brother played violin and, at the age of nine, he took piano lessons, Rollins was destined for the saxophone. In 1944 he played alto saxophone in high school and when he left in 1947 he began gigging round New York on tenor. His first inspiration was Coleman Hawkins, but he was well aw Read more

Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw - 61% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Big Band & Swing Comedy Pop / Rock Vocals Pop / Rock Soundtracks Easy Listening Musicals & The Arts
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, 23 May 1910, East Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, d. 30 December 2004, Newbury Park, California, USA. The son of an Austrian mother and a Russian father, Arshawsky was born in New York but relocated with his family to New Haven, Connecticut while still a child. He learned to play the ukulele before taking up the alto saxophone at the age of 1 Read more

Roy Eldridge - 59% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Roy Eldridge, 30 January 1911, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 26 February 1989, Valley Stream, New York, USA. One of the chief figures in the established lineage of jazz trumpet playing, Eldridge paid his dues with territory bands in the Midwest, such as those of Speed Webb and Horace Henderson, before moving to New York in 1930. He then played with a number of ban Read more

Art Tatum - 58% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 October 1909, Toledo, Ohio, USA, d. 5 November 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family, Tatum was handicapped from birth by impaired sight. Blind in one eye and only partially sighted in the other, he nevertheless studied piano formally and learned to read music. By his mid-teens he was playing professionally in Toledo. He played briefly in the Spee Read more

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