Sunday, January 08, 2006

Wild Bill Davison Centennial Celebration

This writing is a little late for today's show at Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley but it is worth a mention.

Coronetist Wild Bill Davison would have been 100 this year and today's show celebrates his contributions to traditional jazz. Read about this Louis Armstrong contemporary in the links below.

Wild Bill, the man to whom Louis Armstrong once declared, "Bill, if anything ever happens to me, I know you can keep on doing what I'm doing," was born in Ohio on January 5, 1906. He built his career playing in Chicago nightspots during the roaring '20s, and in the '40s and '50s he joined Eddie Condon s famed house band in New York City, where he became known as a commanding front man and a brash, intense lead cornetist. Over the course of a career that spanned seven decades and 21 countries, Wild Bill recorded 800 songs and played with world-class jazz stars like Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. Join some of the Bay Area's top musicians and come swing to a tasty selection of the tunes Wild Bill loved, from impassioned ballads to full-steam-ahead, high-stepping romps.

Freight and Salvage
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