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Cozy Cole (1906-1981) and Milt "Judge" Hinton (1910-2000)

Cozy Cole was born in East Orange, New Jersey. He is buried

in Columbus, Ohio, where he spent the last years of his life 

attending and teaching at Capitol University. He gained great

fame as a drummer - a mainstay of the Cab Calloway band. 

One of his recordings, "Topsy" (shown here) is probably the 

only million-seller drum solo. It is on his own "Love" label.

Milton "Judge" Hinton was also an important member of the

Calloway outfit. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 

Milt taught at Hunter College in New York, and was a very good photographer, issuing two volumes of jazz photography. The Publicity photo was used at the 7th Minnesota Jazz Party.                                                                                                                       The other photo is at the Atlanta Jazz Party. The record                                                                                                                                 is "Pluckin' The Bass" with Cab Calloway Orchestra on                                                                                                                                   Vocalion.

W. C. Handy 

Handy operated his own publishing house in New York City.

His Band (on Columbia records) was one of the first to present 

popular and jazz compositions, although most people don't 

describe it as "Jazz".

Handy was born in Florence, Alabama, November 16, 1873

and died in New York City March 28, 1958.

Memphis Blues" was published in 1912. 

Other popular Blues and songs included 

"Beale Street Blues", "Ole Miss" and "Hesitating Blues."

Earl "Fatha" Hines - 1903-1983

Earl Hines was born in Duquesne, PA. His first professional 

gig was as pianist with singer Lois Deppe, as were his first recordings. 

The autographed recording shown here is of :Boogie Woogie On The St. Louis Blues" recorded in 1940 on BlueBird. 

(From the collection of Wm. E. Loeffler)

Lionel Hampton - 1909-2002

Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, moved to Chicago as a child where he learned to beat the skins. Later, he moved to the West Coast,and became a legend on the vibes. I first saw him in 1948 when he was a guest orchestra at the Ohio State University Jazz Forum. Lionel had his own booking office and record label, thanks to his astute wife, Gladyse. The album cover shown is a 10" Norman Granz LP with a David Stone Martin cover.

Spencer Williams, New Orleans, 1889-1965

Although not considered a good pianist, Spencer Williams was highly regarded as a pop-jazz-blues composer. He lived in many places in the world - working with Fats Waller, Josephine Baker and Lew Stone in England and France. His early, and maybe most famous song was "I Ain't Got Nobody" - but was it really his? The "artful dodger" of the publishing business probably came this way naturally, because he grew up in the red light district of NO with his Aunt Loula, who was better known as "Lulu White, the Octoroon Queen", proprietor of the famous Mahogany Hall.

Williams' life story is very interesting, and an excellent account may be found in the book "Spreadin' Rhythm Around" by David A. Jasen and Gene Jones

The COUNT and the DUKE 

From the mid thirties until the sixties, Count Basie and Duke Ellington  were the hot bands. Even now, their sidemen are revered in their own   right. Early albums by these cats still sell in the digitally remastered CD's of today. These were master musicians, each having their own remarkedly long-lasting impressions on today's music. These are JAZZ MUSICIANS and the many good improvisers of today carry on the good sounds (NOT the pop-rock generation - but even they can be impressed!)

The musicians in the album fly-leaf at the bottom right are (clockwise from the top) Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney, Wallace Jones, Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Rex Stewart, Tricky Sam Nanton, Fred Guy, Barney Bigard, Junior Raglin, Ben Webster, Otto Hardwicke, Sonny Greer and Juan Tizol.

Some of the "Basie Famous Players:" were Buck Clayton, Harry                                                                                                                            Edison, Dicky Wells, Earl Warren, Tab Smith, Don Byas, Buddy Tate,                                                                                                                    Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Walter Page and Jimmy Rushing

Erroll Garner - 1921-1977

Erroll Garner was born in Pittsburgh, PA. His first Trio sessions happened while he was substituting for Art Tatum, becoming the pianist with the Slam Stewart Trio. The photo of Erroll was displayed in a restaurant in Marion, Ohio after his appearance at the Palace Theatre. (Not dated)

His last "Trio" album (the one pictured here) included Ernest McCarty on bass. He is pictured playing with the Boilermakers Jazz Band during a gig with the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society,in March 1997.