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Beryl Booker

A fine golf swing pianist who gained some attention in the 1950s, Beryl Booker generally dropped away from music by the first ’60s. She was self-taught rather than learned to learn music. Booker’s 1st major work was with Slam Stewart’s trio in 1946; she performed on / off using the bassist until 1951. Booker followed Dinah Washington and in 1953 shaped her personal trio. She got a chance to tour European countries in 1954 (where she occasionally followed Billie Vacation) and was back again with Dinah Washington for a while in 1959 before sliding aside into obscurity. Beryl Booker documented as a innovator for Victor (1945), SIW (1948), Mercury/EmArcy (1952), Finding (1953), Vogue (with Don Byas), and Cadence (1954).

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