Cootie Williams Biography

Trumpet Player (c. 1908–1985)
Cootie Williams was a jazz trumpeter best known for his longtime work and recorded legacy with composer and bandleader Duke Ellington.


"Cootie" Williams was born in July 24, 1908(?) in Mobile, Alabama. He was a self-taught trumpeter, and toured with several bands, including Lester Young's family band, before moving to New York in 1928. The next year he joined Duke Ellington's band and over the years participated in numerous classic jazz recordings. He died in 1985 in New York City.

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