Fletcher Henderson

The bands Fletcher Henderson led in the 1920s and 1930s were vitally significant incubators of new developments in jazz. Henderson played a key role in bringing improvisatory jazz styles from New Orleans and other areas of the country to New York, where they merged with a dance-band tradition that relied heavily on arrangements written out in musical notation. The new music that developed at Henderson's hands and under his mentorship allowed the composer's art to flourish, yet left room for the improvisatory talents of individual jazz soloists—striking a balance that has influenced jazz ever since.

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Discography

Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
clarinet
Sidney Bechet Sidney Bechet
sax, soprano
Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
sax, tenor
Artie Shaw Artie Shaw
clarinet
Cab Calloway Cab Calloway
composer/conductor
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee
vocalist
Tommy Dorsey Tommy Dorsey
trombone

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