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Cootie Williams

Born: 
07/10/1911
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Died: 
09/15/1985
Years Active: 
1920's-1980's
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Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams was an American jazz, jump blues and rhythm and blues trumpeter. In 1947, Williams wrote the song "Cowpox Boogie" while recuperating from a bout with smallpox. He contracted the disease from a vaccination he insisted all band members receive. Williams was renowned for his growling "jungle" style trumpet playing (in the tradition of trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton) and for his use of the plunger mute, and was reputed to have inspired Wynton Marsalis's use of it.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Benny Goodman 01/16/1938 Carnegie Hall NYC New York USA
Benny Goodman 02/02/1941 Golden Gate Ballroom Harlem New York USA
Benny Goodman 02/14/1941 Stevens Hotel Chicago Illinois USA
Benny Goodman & His Band 09/11/1941 Meadowbrook Ballroom Cedar Grove New Jersey USA
Benny Goodman & His Band 09/12/1941 Meadowbrook Ballroom Cedar Grove New Jersey USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/15/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/16/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/17/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/18/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/19/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/20/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
The Mills Brothers / Cootie Williams 05/21/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/16/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/17/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/18/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/19/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/20/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/21/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 10/22/1942 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/22/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/23/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/24/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/25/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/26/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA
Cootie Williams & His Band 01/27/1943 Apollo Theater Harlem New York USA

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