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Wilson studied piano and violin at Tuskegee Institute, and his playing was characterized as elegant, dexterous, imaginative, and swinging. He had played in other bands before joining Goodman and made a name for himself with Benny Carter’s Chocolate Dandies.
Wilson left Goodman in 1939 to lead his own large and small groups before settling into a predominately solo career and teaching at Julliard. Poised and refined, he appeared several times in films including Hollywood Hotel (1938) and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). Wilson reunited with Goodman in 1944-45 for The Seven Lively Arts show.
- Sandra Burlingame
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Benny Goodman (Foreword), Teddy Wilson, Arie Ligthart, Humphrey Van Loo
Teddy Wilson Talks Jazz (Bayou Jazz Lives)
Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex, Herbert Anderson
The Benny Goodman Story
DVD - Teddy Wilson appears as himself
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