Willie Cook

Willie Cook (November 11, 1923 – September 22, 2000) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Cook was born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana, on November 11, 1923. He grew up in Chicago and learned to play violin before settling on trumpet as a teenager. He joined King Perry's band in the late 1930s, then joined Jay McShann's band early in the 1940s. His later credits include performing and recording with Johnny Hartman, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, and Count Basie. He joined Ellington's band in October 1951 as lead trumpeter and stayed for a decade. He moved to Sweden in 1982 after spending time in the country touring. He died of heart failure in Maria Regina Hospice in Stockholm on September 22, 2000.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 11th, 1923 (Tangipahoa), Died September 22nd, 2000 (Stockholm)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71527 12/1/1943 Say forward I'll march Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71528 10-in. 12/1/1943 Wrong neighborhood Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71529 10-in. 12/1/1943 Hometown blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 71530 10-in. 11/1/1943 Save me some Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cook, Willie," accessed December 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309615.

Cook, Willie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309615.

"Cook, Willie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309615

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