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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: November 25, 1897 | Died: April, 1973

With his derby and cigar, along with his command of counterpoint and swing, Willie “The Lion” Smith was one of the jazz world's outsized characters. Bravery during World War I earned him his nickname; friendship and mutual admiration led to Duke Ellington's “Portrait of The Lion” and Smith's own “Portrait of Duke.”

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff was born in Goshen, N.Y., on Nov. 25, 1897. Growing up in Newark, he began playing at age 6, drawn to the piano by his mother's playing in church. His father's Jewish ancestry later led to work as a cantor, he claimed, during the '40s. In 1916, Willie enlisted in the Army where he became the drum major for his unit. During World War I, he spent over a month on the front lines, where he earned his name “The Lion” for his bravery....
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Music

Featured recording “Memoirs of Willie

Memoirs of Willie "The Lion" Smith

BMG
2000
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    Stride Piano Duets—Live in Toronto, 1966

    Delmark Records
    2008
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    Stride Piano Duets. Live In Toronto 1966

    Delmark Records
    2008
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    Stride Piano Duets Live In Toronto 1966

    Enja Records
    2008
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    Music On My Mind

    Enja Records
    2001
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    Echoes Of Spring

    Enja Records
    1992
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    Piano Solos

    Enja Records
    1989
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    Willie "The Lion" Smith Volume 1

    Enja Records
    1981
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