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Willie The Lion Smith

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Born: November 26, 1910 in Charleston, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

In the 1930s, Willie Smith ranked third among alto saxophonists, just behind Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. He had a distinctive sound and a swinging style that was a major asset to Jimmy Lunceford's orchestra. Smith also contributed occasional vocals ("Rhythm Is Our Business" was his best-known recording) and some effective clarinet solos during the era, in addition to writing some fine arrangements for Lunceford. Willie Smith started on clarinet, gained a chemistry degree at Fisk University,...
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