Eddie Heywood

Genres: Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock
Tags: jazz piano jazz piano Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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4 December 1915, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 2 January 1989, North Miami, Florida, USA. Heywood received his first piano lessons from his father, also named Eddie, who was a well-known band leader in the 20s. Heywood joined his father, playing piano in the pit band at an Atlanta theatre. He also accompanied singers, including Bessie Smith, and thereafter worked in various small jazz groups, including those led by Wayman Carver, Benny Carter and Don Redman. His gift for accompanying singers was displayed by his recordings with Billie Holiday and Alberta Hunter. In 1943 he took a sextet into the Cafe Society Downtown, being billed as the ‘Biggest Little Band in the Land’. The type of music they played, and their billing, placed them in direct competition with John Kirby but, thanks to the presence of Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson, they held their own.

Heywood had a hit record in 1944 with an unusual arrangement of ‘Begin The...

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