Bennie Payne

Bennie Payne

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American jazz pianist. Began performing professionally in 1926 and played with Wilbur Sweatman's band in 1928. He recorded duets with Fats Waller, who also tutored him, in 1929. From '29 to '31 he performed in touring shows and accompanied Elisabeth Welch and Gladys Bentley. From 1931 to 1943 (when he had to join the army), he was Cab Calloway's pianist. When he was discharged from the army he worked with Calloway again until 1946. Afterwords he worked with Pearl Bailey, Billy Daniels, and led his own trio.

b. June 18, 1907 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
d. September 2, 1986 (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
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