LOVIE AUSTIN

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Real Name: Cora Calhoun Born: 19th September 1887, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Died: 10th July 1972, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

American female pianist, session musician, composer, arranger and bandleader.

Austin studied music at college and university in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to perform in Chicago in 1923. She was the 'life n' soul' of her vaudeville bands when seated at the piano stool, creating a big impression on a pre-teen Mary Lou Williams. As Williams' career took off with the TOBA* circuit shows, so had Austin's. Austin both wrote and arranged many numbers, often while performing at the same time, and backed and recorded with other female artists such as Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Ida Cox and Alberta Hunter.

During the early 1920s Austin also fronted her own band, the "Blues Serenaders" and also sessioned for Paramount. Artists who sessioned in Austin's 'Serenaders' line-ups at recordings included Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Tommy Ladnier, Jimmie
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Jazz Series 4000 Fc
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1977
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Blues Serenaders
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1983

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LOVIE AUSTIN The Chronological 1924-1926 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological 1924-1926
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1998

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