Teddy Wilson

Born 24 November 1912. Died 31 July 1986
Teddy Wilson
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1912-11-24
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Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson Biography (BBC)

The most elegant and naturally tasteful pianist of the swing era, Teddy Wilson's style was a conscious blend of Fats Waller, Earl Hines and Art Tatum. Although he lacked Waller's powerful striding left hand, he achieved similar swinging momentum, to which he added Hines's clarity of melodic phrasing and Tatum's dazzling ability to run from one end of the keyboard to the other.

His airy, effortless style, with its emphasis on lightly accompanied right-hand melody, was a key element in the transition from swing to bebop, and many modern jazz pianists took Wilson's approach as their starting point. He was raised in Alabama, but got his musical breaks when he and his trombonist brother Gus left home for Detroit, where they joined the territory band of Speed Webb.

Later Wilson worked in Toledo , Ohio, where he got to know Tatum, whom he replaced in Milt Senior's quartet, but he found his feet as a musician in Chicago in the early 1930s, playing and recording with Louis Armstrong. Then he worked with Benny Carter in New York, and began a long career as a freelance recording artist that culminated in his marvellous series of discs with Billie Holiday.

On some of these Benny Goodman played clarinet, and in 1936 Wilson joined Goodman's entourage as pianist in the trio (and later quartet) that played alongside the big band. This brought him to national fame, and in 1939 he left to lead his own big band. This failed, but Wilson led a highly successful sextet for the first half of the 1940s, at New York's Cafe Society.

From the mid-1940s onwards, he frequently led his own trio, but also rejoined Goodman periodically. Although he recorded prolifically in his later years, his most brilliant work dates from the 1930s and 1940s, although he maintained a phenomenally consistent standard until the end of his life, including a trio with his sons Teddy Jr. on bass and Steven on drums.

His recording partnerships of the 1950s included significant albums with Lester Young and Benny Carter (both for Verve) in which Wilson's economical style was a perfect setting for each saxophonist. Because of his influence and longevity, he is regarded by many critics as the most significant pianist of the swing era.

Teddy Wilson Biography (Wikipedia)

Theodore Shaw Wilson (November 24, 1912 – July 31, 1986) was an American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson's sophisticated and elegant style was featured on the records of many of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. With Goodman, he was one of the first black musicians to appear prominently with white musicians. In addition to his extensive work as a sideman, Wilson also led his own groups and recording sessions from the late 1920s to the 1980s.

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Blues in C Sharp Minor
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Blues in C Sharp Minor
Irving Berlin
Puttin' on the Ritz
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Puttin' on the Ritz
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Shiny Stockings
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Shiny Stockings
Teddy Wilson
Exactly Like You
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Exactly Like You
Teddy Wilson
I’ll Remember April
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I’ll Remember April
Teddy Wilson
Sunny Morning
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Sunny Morning
Billie Holiday
The Way You Look Tonight
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The Way You Look Tonight
Teddy Wilson
You're Mine You
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You're Mine You
Teddy Wilson
Tiger Rag
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Tiger Rag
Teddy Wilson
I Must Have That Man
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I Must Have That Man
Teddy Wilson
Out Of Nowhere
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Out Of Nowhere
Teddy Wilson
Just A Mood
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Just A Mood
Teddy Wilson-Dave Shepherd Quartet, Teddy Wilson & Dave Shepherd Quintet
Flyin' Home
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Flyin' Home

Flyin' Home

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Dave Shepherd Quintet
Teddy Wilson
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Billie Holiday
Easy Living
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Easy Living
Billie Holiday
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
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What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Teddy Wilson
East Of The Sun
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East Of The Sun
Teddy Wilson
Jumpin' For Joy
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Jumpin' For Joy
Teddy Wilson
Stompin’ At The Savoy
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Stompin’ At The Savoy
Teddy Wilson
Tea for Two
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Tea for Two
Teddy Wilson
I Got Rythym
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I Got Rythym
Teddy Wilson
You Came To My Rescue
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You Came To My Rescue
Roy Eldridge
This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson)
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This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson)
Billie Holiday
Spreadin' Rhythm Around
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Spreadin' Rhythm Around
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Coquette
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Coquette

Coquette

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Teddy & His Orchestra
Teddy Wilson
Foolin’ Myself
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Foolin’ Myself
Teddy Wilson
All My Life
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All My Life
Teddy Wilson
Once Upon A Time
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Once Upon A Time
Teddy Wilson
After You've Gone
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After You've Gone
Billie Holiday
When You're Smiling
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When You're Smiling
Red Norvo
Blues in Eb
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Blues in Eb
Teddy Wilson
My Melancholy Baby
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My Melancholy Baby
Lester Young
Gigantic Blues
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Gigantic Blues
Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Herb Ellis, Gene Krupa, Gene Krupa, Bill Harris, Bill Harris, Teddy Wilson, Ben Webster, Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers & Charlie Shavers
Swedish Schnapps
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Swedish Schnapps
Teddy Wilson
I Wished On The Moon
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I Wished On The Moon
Teddy Wilson
Miss Brown To You
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Miss Brown To You
Teddy Wilson
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
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I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Teddy Wilson
Just one of those things
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Just one of those things
Billie Holiday
I Wished on the Moon
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I Wished on the Moon
Gene Ramey
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
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I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
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