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RALPH SUTTON - PIANIST

Autographed original Henry F. Marx 8” x 10” photograph dedicated by the stride pianist to photographer Al White.

Ralph Sutton (1922-2001) was born in Missouri, Hamburg to be exact.  He was known as "The Master of Stride".  He received lessons as a boy and began playing the organ in church.  At night, his Father a strong amateur violinist had the boy play piano in his country band.  Sutton heard Fats Waller when he was 9 and fell in love with stride piano technique.  Whilst in college at Northeast Missouri State he had a chance meeting with Jack Teagarden and auditioned for him and was immediately accepted for his New York band.  He was drafted two months later.  Post World War II, Sutton played in a club in the red light district of East St. Louis until Teagarden came calling and he went back to New York.    Thereafter he was a regular at Eddie Condon's Club in the Village. An original member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band, he played with them from 1968 to 1974.  He did not like the hard life of a touring musician, so he quit and moved to Colorado and played in a quartet there with reed player Mike "Peanuts" Hucko.  Apparently at this stage of his life he was too poor to have a piano in his home and friends pitched in a bought him one.  He realized he needed to make a real living so much in demand, he began to tour the United States and Europe in various clubs and festivals.  Sutton recorded significantly throughout his life.

Henry F. Marx (1935-2004) was from Pine Bluff Arkansas, the same town as Al White.  He ran his families' men’s haberdashery business The Henry Marx Company until 1987, they closed in 1996.  He was also a professional photographer and a member of the Pine Bluff Jazz Club that put on numerous jazz parties in town.