Cootie Williams

Born: 
07/10/1911
City: 
Mobile
Region: 
Alabama
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/15/1985
Years Active: 
1920's-1980's
Instruments: 
Trumpet, Vocals

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Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams was an American jazz, jump blues and rhythm and blues trumpeter.

In 1947, Williams wrote the song "Cowpox Boogie" while recuperating from a bout with smallpox. He contracted the disease from a vaccination he insisted all band members receive.

Cootie Williams was renowned for his growling "jungle" style trumpet playing (in the tradition of trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton) and for his use of the plunger mute, and was reputed to have inspired Wynton Marsalis's use of it.

Discography

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/17/1930 Luna Pier Lakeside Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/18/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/19/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/20/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/21/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/22/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/23/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/24/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/21/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/22/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/23/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/24/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/25/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/26/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/27/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/28/1931 Bartlett's Pavilion Pleasant Lake Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 09/02/1931 Woodward's Pavilion Paw Paw Lake Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/02/1932 Bartlett's Pavilion Pleasant Lake Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/12/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/13/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/14/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/15/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/16/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/17/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/18/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA

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