Jazz at the Philharmonic

T-Bone Walker

London, 1966

Guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker was born May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas.

His stepfather introduced him to the guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin and piano. He left home at 10 and by 15 was playing on the blues circuit.

T-Bone Walker filmed in London on November 30, 1966 backed by Jazz at the Philharmonic with Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry (trumpets), Teddy Wilson (piano), Coleman Hawkins and Zoot Sims (tenor sax), James Moody and Benny Carter (alto sax), and Bob Cranshaw (bass), and Louis Bellson (drums).

The Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series produced by Norman Granz held its very first concert on Sunday, July 2, 1944, at the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles and ran continuously until October 1983.

Set List:

1 “Woman You Must Be Crazy”
2 “Goin’ to Chicago”

(May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975)

American blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, born Aaron Thibeaux Walker, in Linden, Texas first began performing during his teen years playing guitar on the streets of Dallas.

The legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson was a family friend from whom the young musician received his early inspiration to advance and become a blues guitar innovator in his own right.

Walker made his recording debut on Columbia Records, billed as Oak Cliff T-Bone Walker, in 1929 releasing the single “Wichita Falls Blues”/”Trinity River Blues.

By his second album release in 1942 Walker’s music had matured greatly from his earlier endeavors his newly developed distinctive sound upon the release of his first single “Mean Old World”, on the Capitol Records label.

The song for which he has become best known “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” was a big hit of 1947.

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