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 02/20/1940 Keith's Theatre Grand Rapids Michigan USA
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 02/25/1940 Strand Theater - Lansing Lansing Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/26/1940 Strand Theater - Lansing Lansing Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/27/1940 Strand Theater - Lansing Lansing Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 02/28/1940 Strand Theater - Lansing Lansing Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/03/1940 Temple Theater Saginaw Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/04/1940 Temple Theater Saginaw Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/05/1940 Temple Theater Saginaw Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/08/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/09/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/10/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/11/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/12/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/13/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 03/14/1940 Colonial Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 05/30/1940 La Belle Resort Yorkville Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/26/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/27/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/28/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/29/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/30/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 07/31/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA
Duke Ellington Orchestra 08/01/1940 Eastwood Gardens Detroit Michigan USA

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