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Fess Williams

Williams came from–and fathered–a music family; his sibling Rudolph was a saxophonist and clarinetist, his sons Rudy and Phil had been both saxophonists, and his little girl Estella was a pianist and vocalist. He was also bassist Charles Mingus’s uncle. Williams began on violin. He went to Tuskegee in his teenagers and examined with Main N. Clark-Smith, learning many musical instruments but settling finally on clarinet. He transferred to Cincinnati in 1914 and performed saxophone in an area music group. He also led his very own group for quite some time before shifting to Chicago around 1923. He transferred to NY a year afterwards and led rings in Albany with the Rosemont Ballroom in NEW YORK. He was in home from 1926-8 on the Savoy Ballroom in NYC, leading his very own music group, The Royal Flush Orchestra. He documented with the music group on sax, clarinet, and vocals for the Okeh label. Williams still left his very own group’s leadership within the hands others for a while and visited Chicago, where he briefly had taken over Dave Peyton’s music group. He came back to NY in 1929 and continuing to lead rings there through the entire ’30s. Williams retired from music full-time and proceeded to go into property, occasionally performing along with his very own group within the middle Atlantic expresses. He offered as the official within the musician’s union, Regional 802 in NY, after he ceased getting active being a performer; he still left that post in 1964. Williams’s pension was interrupted in 1962 by his nephew Mingus, who apparently featured Williams like a visitor performer at his infamous City Hall concert that Oct. The album caused by that notoriously chaotic event didn’t include recorded proof Williams’s involvement. Mingus might have been having problems using the union; it has been implied by a minimum of among the bassist’s biographers that Williams’s appearance might have been section of some mutual back again scratching arrangement.

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