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DAVISON, Wild Bill

(b William Edward Davison, 5 Jan. '06, Defiance OH; d 14 Nov. '89, CA) Cornet. Began on mandolin, guitar, banjo; became mainstay of Chicago-style jazz '27--32; organized big band '31; after death of Frank Teschemacher (Davison's car struck by taxi) worked in Milwaukee '33--41, also playing valve trombone. To Nick's in NYC '41: with spells in Boston, St Louis, regularly at Eddie Condon's club NYC from '45, one of the best and most popular musicians in style loosely called dixieland. Toured UK with Condon '57; moved to West Coast '60, often leading own bands. Newport Jazz Festival '78; solo tours of Europe continuing into '80s. Best records made for Commodore early '40s with Pee Wee Russell, George Brunis: 'always a powerful and exciting player' (James Lincoln Collier). Many CDs on Jazzology.