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Willie Cook

Willie Cook

American musician
The basics
Occupations Trumpeter Jazz musician
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth November 11, 1923 (Tangipahoa, Louisiana, U.S.A.)
Death September 22, 2000 (Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden)
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The details

Willie Cook (November 11, 1923, Tangipahoa, Louisiana - September 22, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Cook grew up in Chicago and learned to play violin before settling on trumpet as a teenager. He joined King Perry's band in the late 1930s, then joined Jay McShann's band early in the 1940s. His later credits include performing and recording with Johnny Hartman, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, and Count Basie (1970s). He moved to Sweden in 1982 after spending time in the country touring.


ROOTS TO SCANDINAVIAN BLUES (1983) w/Nappy Brown (voc) and Knut Reiersrud (guitar). Hot Club Records.

With Duke Ellington

  • Ellington '55 (Capital, 1999)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Bluebird, 1937-1949, [1995])

With Johnny Hodges

  • Ellingtonia '56 (Norgran, 1956)
  • The Big Sound (Verve, 1957)

With Billy Taylor

  • Taylor Made Jazz (Argo, 1959)

With Paul Gonsalves and Enrique Villegas

  • Encuentro (1968)
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