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Cat Anderson

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: September 12, 1916 | Died: April 29, 1981    

Cat Anderson

William Alonzo “Cat” Anderson grew from a childhood in the Jenkins Orphanage to become the acclaimed lead trumpet player with Duke Ellington and one of the most recognized high-note trumpet players of all time.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, he was put in the orphanage after both his parents died during his childhood. He soon took on the name “Cat,” that would stick for the rest of his life, for his fighting style at the orphanage. His music career began on larger horns, like the trombone and baritone, but when he showed considerable talent, the orphanage granted his wish: he received his first trumpet....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Ellingtonia

    El Gallo Rojo
    1982
  • Old Folks

    El Gallo Rojo
    1980
  • Cat Speaks

    El Gallo Rojo
    1977
  • A Chat With Cat Anderson

    El Gallo Rojo
    0
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Horn

    El Gallo Rojo
    0
  • Cat Anderson In Paris

    El Gallo Rojo
    0

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September 13, 2010

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