Welcome back to Wilson Wednesday, and this week some piano jazz is in order as I present to you Teddy Wilson.
Born in 1912, Wilson earned a reputation as the “definitive swing pianist” and was a feature on recordings of many of the biggest names of jazz in that era, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. He was somewhat of a trailblazer too, as he often preformed with white musicians, which at the time was not the common thing to do.
But it wasn’t just backing the big performers of the day, he also led some bands in his own right, including the Teddy Wilson Sextet. Here is a link to one of their albums (note it contains the full album, so will not be suitable if you are time poor.)
I am not a big jazz fan myself, nor am I proficient in explaining the technicalities of music, but there may be others here that would like to add something and explain to us all how good Teddy Wilson actually is. I do admit to certainly enjoying these recordings that I have linked to, and he is obviously a very talented pianist.
Over to you – what are your thoughts on Teddy Wilson?
PS – although I do have a long list of Wilsons still to cover, just wanted to know if anyone else was interested in writing up a column concerning one of your favourite Wilsons. This doesn’t have to be exclusively my column. Let me know if interested.