Wilson, Teddy

Wilson, (Theodore Shaw) Teddy

(1912–86) jazz musician; born in Austin, Texas. He was a brilliant pianist who became the first black musician to work with a prominent white band when he joined Benny Goodman in 1936. He led numerous all-star recordings in the 1930s, fronted a big band and combo in the 1940s, worked on the staff of CBS in the 1950s, and free-lanced as a soloist and conservatory teacher thereafter.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Since he started the current 18-piece band in 1986 it has featured some of the world's most famous musicians, including US trumpet superstar Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shaw (ex-Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Louis Belson orchestras), Phil Wilson, Teddy Edwards and Herb Geller, West Coast alto sax legend.