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Herman Autrey

A raucous and energetic trumpet player, Herman Autrey is best known for accompanying piano great Fats Waller on his famous Victor sessions, in the 1930’s. Born into a musical family (his father and two brothers were musicians) Autrey first played alto horn before switching to trumpet. He played in the band led by Charlie Johnson, and then became a regular associate of Fats Waller. He recorded extensively with Waller, alongside drummer Harry Dial, guitarist Al Casey, and sax man Gene Sedric. He still found time to gig and record with many other leading bands of the day, including those led by Fletcher Henderson and Claude Hopkins. In the early and mid-40's he was active as sideman and leader playing with Stuff Smith and Una Mae Carlisle

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The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week our radio show explores the Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions. Joining The Jim Cullum Jazz Band are master pianist Dick Hyman and Portland-based vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

The Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week our radio show explores the Fats Waller Bluebird Sessions. Joining The Jim Cullum Jazz Band are master pianist Dick Hyman and Portland, OR-based vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. You can also ...

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Buster Bailey: All About Memphis

Read "All About Memphis" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

Buster Bailey's skill as both an improviser and section man made him a shoo-in for some of the best gigs in jazz history. Starting, from his teenage years, with W.C. Handy, steady employment under King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, John Kirby and Louis Armstrong also left the clarinetist little time (perhaps need) to record as a leader. ...


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