FESS WILLIAMS

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Williams came from--and fathered--a musical family; his brother Rudolph was a saxophonist and clarinetist, his sons Rudy and Phil were both saxophonists, and his daughter Estella was a pianist and vocalist. He was also bassist Charles Mingus's uncle. Williams started on violin. He attended Tuskegee in his teens and studied with Major N. Clark-Smith, learning several instruments but settling finally on clarinet. He moved to Cincinnati in 1914 and played saxophone in a local band. He also led his own group for several years before moving to Chicago around 1923. He moved to New York a year later and led bands in Albany and at the Rosemont Ballroom in New York City. He was in residence from 1926-8 at the Savoy Ballroom in NYC, leading his own band, The Royal Flush Orchestra. He recorded with the band on sax, clarinet, and vocals for the Okeh label. Williams left his own read more...
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1926-1930
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2000
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Pre-Victors: The Complete Set 1925-1927
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2002

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Classic (1920s) Jazz 1929

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