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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway - 100% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Comedy Big Band & Swing Jazz Drama Vocals Action & Adventure Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television Easy Listening Documentaries
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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

Count Basie

Count Basie - 90% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Blues Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Big Band & Swing Musicals & The Arts Vocals War Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television Documentaries Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
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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

Fletcher Henderson - 84% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Big Band & Swing
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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

Lionel Hampton - 83% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Television Urban & Rap
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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

Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw - 76% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Comedy Easy Listening Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
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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

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman - 76% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Musicals & The Arts Jazz Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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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

Jimmie Lunceford - 72% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
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Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson - 68% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Television Big Band & Swing Comedy
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Theodore Shaw Wilson, 24 November 1912, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1986, New Britain, Connecticut, USA. Born into a middle-class family, Wilson grew up in Tuskegee where his parents moved to take up teaching posts at the university. He studied violin and piano at Tuskegee and later extended his studies at college in Alabama. In 1929, by now concentrating on piano, he bec Read more

Art Tatum - 64% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks Big Band & Swing
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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

Tommy Dorsey - 63% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Big Band & Swing Musicals & The Arts Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks Holiday & Seasonal Big Band & Swing Jazz
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19 November 1905, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 26 November 1956, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. Like his older brother, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy was taught as a small child by his father, a music teacher. He first learned to play trumpet, but switched to trombone while still very young. He played in various bands, often with his brother, their co-led group known first as Dorse Read more

Coleman Hawkins - 60% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
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Coleman Randolph Hawkins, 21 November 1904, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA, d. 19 May 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Coleman Hawkins (aka ‘Bean’ and ‘Hawk’) is a colossus of the tenor saxophone, and hence of jazz. He was the first to use the instrument as a serious means of expression and continued to be open to new developments for 40 years. Starting pia Read more

Lester Young - 58% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Blues
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Lester Willis Young, 27 August 1909, Woodville, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 March 1959, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a musical family, Young was taught several instruments by his father. As a child he played drums in the family’s band, but around 1928 he quit the group and switched to tenor saxophone. His first engagements on this instrument were with Art Bronson Read more

Cole Porter

Cole Porter - 57% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Soundtracks Vocals Jazz Drama Easy Listening Documentaries
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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 - 57% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Drama Music & Radio Vocals Vocals Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Comedy Big Band & Swing Blues Blues Classical Dance Documentaries R&B / Soul Television Musicals & The Arts Mystery / Thriller Action & Adventure
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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 - 57% match to Fats Waller

Genres: Jazz
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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

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