Classic Brunswick & Columbia Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-42

Teddy Wilson first heard jazz live at 16 at Detroit’s Greystone Ballroom during school vacations from Tuskegee, where he received significant instruction in the school’s excellent music program. At Greystone he could hear the house band on Monday nights, and touring groups included Jimmie Noone, Fletcher Henderson and others.

With skills in the printing trade, Teddy moved to Detroit after graduation from Tuskegee. Segregated printing unions made his choice of music an easy one.

He soon found himself in Chicago working with Noone, Louis Armstrong and others. Wilson was sitting-in on a live radio broadcast from Chicago in 1932 when producer John Hammond happened to be listening. Hammond brought the 20-year-old to New York to join Benny Carter’s group, and it was Hammond who teamed the pianist with his other protégés, Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman.

From 1935 when they first recorded together, and through many reunions, Goodman’s and Wilson’s names would be linked musically and historically as being the most popular swing musicians working, and among the first white and black musicians to perform together in public.
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