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Ralph Escudero


Ralph Escudero is largely forgotten now, but deserves to be better remembered. It was his meticulous sense of time that kept the intricate arrangements of such swinging big bands as McKinney's Cotton Pickers and the Fletcher Henderson band from falling apart. By age 12, he was already playing the Double Bass. Subsequently, under the auspices of the New Amsterdam Musical Association, he moved to New York city, where, during 1920-'21, his first recordings were backing vocalists Ethel Waters and Lucille Hegamin. While working a gig with the Wilbur Sweatman Orchestra (at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D


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