W.C. Handy

William Christopher Handy, known as “the father of the blues,” was the first person to notate and publish blues songs, and is recognized for integrating blues elements into ragtime, which was a seminal form of jazz, changing the course of popular music. He wrote over 60 blues, spirituals, and popular tunes, including the perennial blues standard St. Louis Blues.

W.C. Handy was born in Florence, Alabama, November 16, 1873, the son of former slaves. His first instrument was the coronet, and he advanced from lessons in a barbershop to studying classical music. While still a teenager Handy began teaching school but left for better paying work in a factory. At the age of twenty, he organized a quartet to play the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, a gathering that attracted other musical luminaries of the time, notably ragtime pianist Scott Joplin.

Read more

1 Photos

Discography

Similar

Bessie Smith Bessie Smith
vocalist
Big Joe Turner Big Joe Turner
vocalist
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy
guitar, acoustic
Mississippi Sheiks Mississippi Sheiks
band/orchestra
Mamie Smith Mamie Smith
vocalist
Memphis Jug Band
band/orchestra
Willie Mabon Willie Mabon
piano
Furry Lewis Furry Lewis
guitar, acoustic

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!