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 Date Venue Citysort descending Region Country
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/23/1940 Michigan Theater (AA) Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/24/1940 Michigan Theater (AA) Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/30/1974 Power Center Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 06/14/1935 Recreation Union Battle Creek Michigan USA
Modern Jazz 03/10/1954 Broadway-Capitol Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/30/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/08/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
The Ink Spots 03/30/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
The Ink Spots 01/26/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 04/24/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 09/24/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 01/12/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 01/13/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Modern Jazz 03/06/1954 Broadway-Capitol Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/31/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/21/1930 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/09/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
The Ink Spots 01/27/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 04/25/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 09/26/1934 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 01/14/1943 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Modern Jazz 03/08/1954 Broadway-Capitol Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/01/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/13/1934 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/21/1931 Michigan Theater (D) Detroit Michigan USA

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