Known by his friends as a definitive jazz pianist with an elegant, sophisticated style, he paved his way by collaborating with other talented musicians such as Hines's Grand Terrace Café Orchestra, Milton Senior and even became a member of the infamous Louis Armstrong’s orchestra where he spent several months recording and touring with the group.
Teddy Wilson was the first African- American jazz musician to be a part of the Benny Goodman Trio and was deemed the first racial group to make prominent public performances in the history of American music. Wilson eventually created his own band, followed by a sextet based at Café Society. He collaborated some more with other renowned artists with exemplary results.
He was a respected orchestral pianist who was able to gracefully use his musical gifts through the years and even if he died in 1986, his reputation still is commemorated by modern pianists and jazz enthusiasts today.
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