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us: Coleman, Bill, 1904-1981

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    • us: Coleman, William Johnson, 1904-1981
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1904-08-04
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1981-08-24
    • Birth Place

        Centerville (Ky.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Toulouse (France)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) France
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Clarence Paige Orchestra
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Lloyd Scott Orchestra
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Freddy Taylor Band
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: National Orchestra of the Ivory Coast
    • Gender

        (lcdgt) Males
    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Trumpet players
          (lcsh) Jazz musicians
      • Sources

        • found: His Jazz moderne, 1967.
        • found: His Trumpet story, 1991: t.p. (Bill Coleman) p. 1 (b. 8/4/04; named Wiliam Johnson Coleman) book jkt. (d. 1981)
        • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 14, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Coleman, Bill; William Johnson Coleman; trumpeter, jazz musician; born 04 August, 1904 in Centerville, Kentucky, United States; began playing alto saxophone, took piano lessons, taught himself playing cornet; joined Clarence Paige Orchestra (1923), Lloyd Scott Orchestra, New York's Savoy Ballroom (1927); played and recorded with different groups (1929-1934); moved to Paris to escape from American racism (1935); worked at Freddy Taylor band (1935-1936); made his first recordings under his own name (1936); traveled to India and Egypt, recorded with many artists (1935-1940); returned to New York City (1940), toured and recorded with several groups and artists (1940-1948); returned to France (1948), became popular in France and Europe, played in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, England, recorded extensively (1950s-1970s); accompanied Duke Ellington on French television; familiarized the National Orchestra of the Ivory Coast with jazz (1971); his jubilee (fifty years of playing the trumpet) was widely celebrated in France (1972); was named "ambassador of the jazz"; was elected to the French Academy of Jazz (1968), French government made him a knight of the Order of Merit, the second-highest official distinction in France (1974); died 24 August, 1981 in Toulouse, France)
      • Change Notes

        • 1980-10-01: new
        • 2016-07-14: revised
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