Jazz Appreciation Month: Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952) was a significant influence on the development of the big band in Jazz and his band laid the foundations for the swing era. Fletcher was a pianist and a significant arranger as well, his bands sounded completely different to the orchestras around in the 1920s and the influence on Duke Ellington are apparent.

Henderson also introduced the first Saxophone star Jazz, Coleman Hawkins.

Henderson went on to work as an arranger for Benny Goodman.

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