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     Willie 'The Lion' Smith

Born: William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith on Nov 25, 1897 in Goshen, NY
Died: Apr 18, 1973 in New York, NY
Genres: Jazz, Blues
Styles: Stride, Swing
Instruments: Piano

Willie "The Lion" Smith in the 1920s was considered one of the big three of stride piano (along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller) even though he made almost no recordings until the mid-'30s. His mother was an organist and pianist, and Smith started playing piano when he was six. He earned a living playing piano as a teenager, gained his nickname "the Lion" for his heroism in World War I, and after his discharge he became one of the star attractions at Harlem's nightly rent parties. Although he toured with Mamie Smith (and played piano on her pioneering 1920 blues record "Crazy Blues"), Smith mostly freelanced throughout his life. He was an influence on the young Duke Ellington (who would later write "Portrait of the Lion") and most younger New York-based pianists of the 1920s and '30s. Although he was a braggart and (with his cigar and trademark derby hat) appeared to be a rough character, Smith was actually more colorful than menacing and a very sophisticated pianist with a light touch. His recordings with his Cubs (starting in 1935) and particularly his 1939 piano solos for Commodore (highlighted by "Echoes of Spring") cemented his place in history. Because he remained very active into the early '70s (writing his memoirs Music on My Mind in 1965), for quite a few decades Willie "the Lion" Smith was considered a living link to the glory days of early jazz.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.blueblackjazz.com/lion_en.html About
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/profiles/willie_smith.shtml About
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=4460 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.fatswaller.fr/sheetmusic_lion.html Works
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_'The_Lion'_Smith About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_'The_Lion'_Smith About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Willie 'The Lion' Smith - 'Jazz In Paris: Music On My Mind' - 2001, EmArcy
 Willie 'The Lion' Smith - 'Pianist And Character (1935-1949)' - 2000, Jazz Archives
 Willie 'The Lion' Smith - 'Wille "The Lion Smith" And His Cubs (1935-1937)' - 1998, Timeless
  как соисполнитель ...
 Bill Coleman - 'Cuttin' Out' - 2011, History

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