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Cootie Williams


COOTIE WILLIAMS (trumpeter) was born July 10, 1911 in Mobile, Alabama and passed away September 15, 1985 in New York City . Williams, known for his growling “jungle” style of trumpet playing is best known for his stints with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra from 1929-1940 and 1962-1974. Ellington featured the trumpeter in “Concerto for Cootie” – otherwise known as “Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me”. Aside from his sideman duties with Ellington and Benny Goodman, Williams led his own groups featuring such young artists as Charlie Parker, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Bud Powell.