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Cootie Williams (1910–1985)

Cootie Williams was born on June 24, 1910 in Mobile, Alabama, USA as Charles Melvin Williams. He died on September 14, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2007 Tete Montoliu, una mirada (Video) (writer: "Round Midnight")
 2005 Block Party (Documentary) (writer: "Round Midnight")
 2005 Unleashed ("Round Midnight")
 2001 The Score (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 1999 Southpaw (Documentary) (writer: "Round Midnight")
 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress (writer: "ROUND MIDNIGHT")
 1989 The Dream Team (writer: "ALL THE WAY" - as Melvin Williams)
 1988 Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Documentary) (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 1986 'Round Midnight (writer: "'Round Midnight")
 1980 Joe Albany... a Jazz Life (Documentary) (music: "'Round Midnight")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (writer: "Downtown Uproar" (1938))
 1974 The Destructors (music: "'Round Midnight")
  Jazz Party (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #1.23 (1958) ... (performer: "Fine and Dandy", "Body and Soul", "Cootie's Big Time Blues", "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)", "Air Mail Special", "Bugle Call Rag") / (writer: "Cootie's Big Time Blues")
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 1930 Check and Double Check (musician: trumpet - uncredited)
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 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series)
Himself - Trumpeter
- Episode #1.23 (1958) ... Himself - Trumpeter
 1949 Floor Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.9 (1949) ... Himself
- Episode #1.7 (1949) ... Himself
 1930 Check and Double Check
Himself - Member, Cotton Club Orchestra (uncredited)
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 1993 American Masters (TV Series documentary)

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Worked with Alonzo Ross De Luxe Syncopators from 1926 to 1928. Afterwards with bands led by Chick Webb and Fletcher Henderson in New York, before joining Duke Ellington as replacement for Bubber Miley. Remained with Ellington for eleven years. Left in 1940 for brief stint with Benny Goodman, then formed his own orchestra, based primarily at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. By 1948, Cootie fronted a ... See more »

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