I dig Bill Coleman

Another brilliant American hot trumpet star was born today but 1904. Bill Coleman & Louis Armstrong – yeah!


Bill Coleman was a terrific trumpet player, born in Paris, Kentucky in 1904. He worked with Fats Waller when Fats was getting his Rhythm up and running after he finished with his Cincinnati radio show and returned to New York City. Coleman also went to Europe and made some of the hottest recorded Jazz featuring trans-atlantic collaboration, with Lucien Simoens, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Aleman, Alix Combelle amongst the continental counterparts. These recordings took place between 1936 and 1938. Before returning to the U.S., Coleman found time to play with bands in India and Egypt. Coleman returned to New York City to record with Bud Freeman, Edmond Hall, Teddy Wilson, Andy Kirk, John Kirby, Billy Kyle and Benny Morton, but went back to Paris (France!) and recorded after the war in ’49 and into the 50s joined by countrymen Don Byas, Dicky Wells and Zutty Singleton. He lived out the rest…

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