Fletcher Henderson: “Sugarfoot Stomp”

29 Dec

Fletcher Henderson studied chemistry in college; on graduating his options were limited. His band morphed from a typical dance band of the 20s to the first great jazz band. Hired Louis Armstrong to play trumpet, Coleman Hawkins, the first great tenor saxophonist, and Lester Young. Financial problems forced him to sell his best arrangements to Benny Goodman, whose band he later led. Died on Dec. 28, 1952 at 55.

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