Teddy Wilson

American pianist (1912-1986)

Theodore Shaw Wilson (November 24, 1912 – July 31, 1986)[1] was an American jazz pianist.

Teddy Wilson
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Wilson at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., 1940
Background information
Birth nameTheodore Shaw Wilson
Born(1912-11-24)November 24, 1912
Austin, Texas, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 1986(1986-07-31) (aged 73)
New Britain, Connecticut, U.S,
Associated actsLouis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman

His work was featured on the records of many of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. With Goodman, he was one of the first black musicians to appear prominently with white musicians.

Wilson died in New Britain, Connecticut, on July 31, 1986 of stomach cancer at the age of 73.[2]


  1. "NEA Jazz Master: Teddy Wilson, Pianist, Arranger, Educator". National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  2. "Teddy Wilson Dies; Pianist and Leader Of 30's Jazz Combos". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1 August 1986.

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