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us: Best, Denzil

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  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Fuller Name

    • Denzil DeCosta
  • Variants

    • us: Best, Densil
    • us: Denzil
    • us: Best, Denzie
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

    • Death Date

    • Birth Place

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) George Shearing Quintet
    • Gender

    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Drummers (Musicians)
          (lcsh) Composers
            (lcsh) Jazz musicians
              (lcsh) Percussionists
          • Use For

          • Sources

            • found: Garner, E. Concert by the sea [SR] 1956: container (Denzil Best, drums)
            • found: Hawkins, C. Coleman Hawkins jazz concert [SR] 1962: labels (Densil Best)
            • found: Carr, I. Jazz, 1988 (Best, Denzil DeCosta; b. 4-27-17, New York City; d. 5-24-65)
            • found: In the beginning the bop [SR] p1992: container (Denzil)
            • found: Byas, D. All star jazz [SR] [195-]: container (Denzie Best, drums)
            • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 11, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Best, Denzil de Costa; composer / arranger, jazz musician, percussionist; born 27April 1917 in New York, New York, United States; became associated with bop musicians, including Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and Joe Guy (late 1930's); recorded with saxophonist Ben Webster (1943); played drums on recordings with Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Charlie Shavers, Clyde Hart, and Mary Lou Williams (1944); co-leader on quartet recordings with Webster before joining bassist Chubby Jackson (1947); recorded with Buck Clayton, Teddy Wilson, Shavers, Jimmy Jones, Stuff Smith, and Jack Teagarden (1950's); played with the George Shearing quintet (1949-1952); worked with Erroll Garner (1955-1956), recording on album Concert by the Sea; died 25 March 1965 in New York, New York, United States)
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            • 1990-09-05: new
            • 2015-04-02: revised
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