Personalities | Garvin Bushell | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Clarinet, bassoon, 1902–91)

Jazz’s first double-reed specialist on bassoon, Bushell played with Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds before a two-year stint with Sam Wooding’s Orchestra (1925–27). In 1928 he formed the Louisiana Sugar Babies with Fats Waller and Jabbo Smith, and he later worked with Otto Hardwick (1931), Fess Williams (1933), Fletcher Henderson (1935–36), Cab Calloway (1936–37) and Chick Webb (1938). In 1959 he replaced Omer Simeon in Wilbur de Paris’s New Orleans Jazz Band, and in 1961 recorded live in a large ensemble with John Coltrane at the Village Vanguard.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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