Teddy Wilson

Teddy Wilson

Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Jul 1986 (aged 73)
New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Plot Section 8A
Memorial ID 5797031 · View Source
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Musician. Born Theodore Shaw Wilson, he was a sophisticated jazz pianist known for his elegant style. In 1935, he joined the Benny Goodman Trio and became the first black musician to perform in public with a previously all-white jazz group. From the 1930s to 1950s, he performed and recorded with some of best musicians in jazz music to include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne and Lester Young. He also taught at the Julliard School of Music and appeared as himself in the motion picture "The Benny Goodman Story" (1955). Through the 1960s and 1970s, he performed as a soloist and with pick-up groups until the final years of his life.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Mario Cajar
  • Added: 24 Sep 2001
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Teddy Wilson (24 Nov 1912–31 Jul 1986), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5797031, citing Fairview Cemetery, New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .