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Willie the Lion

Format:
Digital Versatile Disc (Video)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
16-08-2004
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Barcode:
016351631794
Packaging:
DVD Case
Catalog Number:
SHANDV6317
Willie the Lion
Willie the Lion

Description

One of the creators of a new stomping piano style known as 'stride', William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (1897-1973) was a true American original: a captivating showman, a decorated First World War hero, a cantor in a Harlem synagogue, a teacher of young musicians such as Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and a composer of over 100 songs including some of the most exquisite tunes in the jazz repertoire. His piano prowess and colourful personality made him a legend in Harlem. In the words of his protégé Duke Ellington, he was "beyond category". This 57 minute DVD features over 20 songs and rare performance footage of Smith and Eubie Blake and is rich in anecdotes and stories of the likes of Ellington, Monk, James P Johnson, Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.
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