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Price: $450.00

TEDDY WILSON - JAZZ PIANIST

MINT CONDITION

Autographed original matte double-weight photograph of the legendary African-American jazz pianist at the keyboard at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, 1978.  The Al White candid photograph is inscribed to the jazz photographer.  This exact autographed photograph is featured on page 224 of White’s book,                                Jazz Party, A Photo Gallery of Great Jazz Musicians.

Teddy Wilson (1912-1986) was the greatest jazz pianist of the Swing generation.  Born in Texas, raised in Alabama, he began to play piano in elementary school, then also picked up the oboe, clarinet and trumpet as well.  He played in a high school dance band and then went on to study classical piano at Talladega College.  That lasted a year and then he moved to Detroit, following his brother, a trombonist and played with the Speed Webb and Milton Senior Bands. Next he moved to Chicago, where he first played with Jimmy Noone and then from 1931 -1933 with Louis Armstrong. He was snapped up by Bennie Carter for his band, The Chocolate Dandies in 1933 and moved to New York City.  In 1935 he played on again, off again with Benny Goodman while still playing with Carter. Goodman, ever conscious of his image tested the race issue and in when he saw it did not matter Wilson officially joined the Benny Goodman Trio in 1936.  He played with Goodman's smaller combos and with the big band until 1939 making recordings regularly with him and then under his own name with other leading Swing musicians.  Wilson started up his own big band in 1939 and then decided he preferred to work with smaller combos and in solo recitals. He also regularly accompanied Billy Holliday and Mildred Bailey in concert. His most notable smaller combo was the Teddy Wilson Sextet that performed at Café Society in New York City during the 1940's on.  In 1950 Wilson was the first jazz pianist hired by The Juilliard School as an instructor. It was the first time a major American conservatory formally recognized jazz as an important genre of music, worthy of instruction.  Later, Wilson often performed with Goodman's Big Band when they played major reunion gigs including Russia in 1962, New Port Jazz Festival in 1973 and Carnegie Hall in 1982.

Concert autographed photographs of the greatest Swing pianist are completely scarce!