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Charles "Cootie" Williams
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Birth: 1908
Death: 1985

Musician and composer. Noted trumpeter of the 1930s. Known for his "growling, muted horn" and played primarily with the Duke Ellington (see memorial this website) orchestra. Started out with the Chick Webb (see memorial this website) orchestra, then he took a job with Ellington and moved on to join the Benny Goodman (see memorial this website) orchestra and played with him at the historic Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert in 1938. Williams co-wrote the jazz classic, "Round Midnight" with Thelonius Monk (see memorial this website). Formed his own band in 1941 and had a hit with "Gator;" by 1948 Cootie had cut his group down to a sextet. Then, playing R&B-oriented music, he worked steadily at the Savoy, but by the 1950s was becoming into obscure. After a 22-year absence, Williams rejoined Duke Ellington in 1962, and stayed beyond Duke's death in 1974 as a featured soloist. Then semi-retired, played a final solo in 1978 on a Theresa Brewer album.  
 
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 Spouse:
  Catherine Williams (1913 - 2000)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Plot: Alpine plot
 
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Aug 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9374320
Charles Cootie Williams
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Charles Cootie Williams
Added by: Fred Beisser
 
Charles Cootie Williams
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Thanks for the great music. Rest in peace.
- Fred Beisser
 Added: Aug. 28, 2004
 
 
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