Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Baby Face Willette

There is an air of mystique, an alluring attraction in jazz circles, to those highly talented musicians who shone brilliantly for a short duration, then slipped into obscurity. Jazz organist Baby Face Willette is certainly one of those figures.

Roosevelt Willette, born on September 11, 1933, was the son of a minister who was introduced to the organ, as many others, in church, an influence which would define his style and direction. In the early 50’s he played with various gospel and R&B groups, and reportedly put out a couple of singles around this time. He worked his way to Chicago in the late ‘50’s and eventually went to New York and got involved with the jazz scene there.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

1 Photos

Albums

Videos

Similar

Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson
vibraphone
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Grant Green Grant Green
guitar
Kenny Dorham Kenny Dorham
trumpet
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
sax, tenor
Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
saxophone
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean
sax, alto
Jimmy McGriff Jimmy McGriff
organ, Hammond B3
Larry Young Larry Young
organ, Hammond B3
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
sax, tenor

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.