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Blake, Cyril McDonald [called Midnight Blake] (1897–1951), jazz musician

Howard Rye.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz; Strings. 974 words.

Blake, Cyril McDonald [called Midnight Blake] (1897–1951), jazz musician, was born on 22 October 1897 in Trinidad, the son of Samuel Blake, cabinet-maker. He served in the merchant navy in...

Harris, Bill

Tom Smith.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online October 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Strings; Composition. 996 words.

Harris, Bill (28 October 1916–21 August 1973), trombonist, guitarist, and composer, was born Willard Palmer Harris in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Willard Massey Harris, an...

Johnson, Francis

Eric Gardner.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online August 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Strings; Conducting; Composition. 1532 words.

Johnson, Francis (16 June 1792–06 April 1844), musician, bandleader, and composer, also known as Frank Johnson, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little is known of his youth and...

Lindsay, John

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz; Strings. 536 words.

Lindsay, John (23 August 1894–03 July 1950), jazz string bassist and trombonist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Details of his parents are unknown. His nickname was Johnny, and his...

Nance, Ray Willis

Robert Mirandon.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Blues; Jazz; Strings. 1268 words.

Nance, Ray Willis (10 December 1913–28 January 1976), jazz musician, was born in Chicago, Illinois. (His parents’ names and occupations are unknown.) Nance displayed musical ability early....

Weems, Ted

Stephen M. Fry.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Brass; Strings; Conducting. 1700 words.

Weems, Ted (26 September 1901–06 May 1963), big band leader and violin and trombone player, was born Wilfred Theodore Weems in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Weems and Victoria...