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Cootie Williams
Written by Dan Miller

(1910-1985) Cootie was the master of the plunger. He possessed an incredible tone and gift for making his instrument growl and scream like no other. He joined Duke Ellington's band in 1929 (replacing Bubber Miley) and would be a star featured soloist for the next twelve years (Listen: Concerto for Cootie). In 1940, he left to join Benny Goodman's band and stayed for one year until he decided to start his own band. He led his own successful group throughout the forties. In 1962, he re-joined Duke's band and added his beautiful voice back into Ellington's palette.


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