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Bill Coleman was born in Kentucky and learned the trumpet from Theodore Carpenter in Cincinnati Ohio . He joined Cecil Scotts Bright Boys and traveled to New York City where he recorded with Luis Russell September 6 1929. He first traveled to Europe with the Lucky Millender band, playing in France for five months during 1933. He returned to Paris in 1935 and recorded there with Django Reinhardt. After the war in 1948 Coleman made the decision to spend the rest of his life in France, notably playing the first Jazz in Marciac festival and subsequently working with their President to support the festival until his passing in Toulouse.

Source: Martin McFie


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