Personalities | Doc Cheatham | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Trumpet, vocals, 1905–97)
Adolphus Cheatham played in countless bands and small groups in the 1920s, before settling in the Cab Calloway orchestra in 1931. He remained with Calloway until 1939, after which he resumed work with a variety of bands. He didn’t emerge as a soloist until the 1960s, working with George Wein, Benny Goodman and others. His singing style – like the man himself – was polite, courtly and gentle, suited to both cabaret and jazz clubs; he performed regularly in New York throughout the rest of his long life.
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