Personalities | Sam Wooding | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, arranger, bandleader, 1895–1985)

Wooding led his Society Syncopators in the early 1920s before travelling to Berlin in 1925 with the Chocolate Kiddies revue. One of the first wave of expatriate American jazz musicians to live abroad, he spent the remainder of the 1920s in Europe playing with bands that featured star soloists such as Doc Cheatham and Tommy Ladnier. He returned to the United States in 1935 but had little success swimming against the tide of the swing era.

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


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