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Harry "Sweets" Edison


HARRY “SWEETS” EDISON (trumpeter, composer, arranger) was born October 10, 1915 in Columbus, Ohio and passed away July 27, 1999. An integral soloist of the Count Basie Orchestra, Edison was nicknamed by fellow bandmate Lester Young, who was impressed with his sweet, warm tone. An occasional composer and arranger for the band, Edison’s sensitive trumpet style was much prized by vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams and most famously, Frank Sinatra, appearing on his 1950s albums including “Swing Easy”, “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers” and on Billie Holliday’s “Songs for Distingue Lovers”. Aside from leading his own groups, Edison worked with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, toured with the Jazz at the Philharmonic and recorded with Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich and Ben Webster among others.