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There are two artists named Bill Coleman:

#1 - Bill Coleman (William Johnson Coleman, Paris, Kentucky, August 4, 1904 – August 24, 1981, Toulouse, France) was a jazz trumpeter.

In 1909 his family moved from Kentucky to Cincinnati. His first musical explorations were on clarinet and C melody saxophone, but he eventually settled on trumpet. As a young man he worked as a messenger for the Western Union telegraph company. He studied with Cincinnati trumpeter Theodore Carpenter, and played in an amateur band led by trombonist J.C. Higgenbotham. He began professional work in Cincinnati with bands led by Clarence Paige and Wesley Helvey (both bands his teacher Carpenter worked in) then with Lloyd and Cecil Scott. In December 1927 he traveled with the Scott brothers to New York City, and continued to work with them until the late summer of 1929, when he joined the orchestra of pianist Luis Russell. His first recording session was with Russell on September 6, 1929, and he solos on the tune “Feelin’ the Spirit.” By December 1929 he had left Russell (partly due to the majority of the solo work going to section mate Henry “Red” Allen), but would rejoin the band on two more occasions during 1931-32.
He rejoined the Scott brothers (then known as Cecil Scott’s Bright Boys) in late 1929, participating in a Victor recording session, and continued to work with them through the early part of 1930. He worked with various New York based bands until rejoining Luis Russell in 1931.


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  • gakko

    Oh no... we are back in the "George Coleman" vs. "George Coleman" swamp again! Both George Colemans are black, so that´s even more confusing, with jazz buffs voting for the other everything-but-jazz-guy. It would be a lot easier if all of us had numbers instead of names.

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • pawnd

    klasse :)

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • nola-hepcat

    Same thing happened with George Lewis, the clarinet legend from New Orleans and a more recent trombone player (who is likely pretty good but still). Always annoying! To me Bill Coleman is a Lengend of Jazz.

    10 May 2008 Reply
  • nicodp

    Can't we talk about the young Bill Coleman and the older Bill Coleman. To me Bill Coleman is synonym to jazz anyway, not that I have anything against the young Bill, he is unknown to me ;-)

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • tumi99

    go Irish Bill C go!

    18 Dec 2007 Reply

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