Willie Smith (2)

Real Name:
William McLeish Smith
Profile:
American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, vocalist and composer.
Born 25 November 1910 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Died 7 March 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
He was one of the major alto saxophone players of the swing era. He began on clarinet at age 12. After leaving college he joined Jimmie Lunceford and later Charlie Spivak. He joined Harry James (2) (1944-51), Duke Ellington (1951/52), Billy May (1952/53) and others. In early 1953 he toured Europe with Jazz At The Philharmonic, later with the Benny Goodman All-star Band. Back in California he rejoined Harry James (2) (1954-63) and played In autumn 1964 in in Johnny Catron’s Band in Los Angeles and worked with Johnny Rivers in Las Vegas. In 1966 he played in a big band formed by Charlie Barnet. In March 1967 he died of cancer.

Do NOT confuse with alto sax player from Cleveland Willie Smith (7).
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Albums

mg 25075, MG 25075 Willie Smith (2) - Alto Sax Artistry album art Willie Smith (2) Alto Sax Artistry (Album) Mercury, Mercury mg 25075, MG 25075 US 1950 Sell This Version
MOD 2013 Willie Smith (2) - Gene Norman's Just Jazz Volume 13 album art Stan Getz, Willie Smith (2), Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller (2), Louis Bellson, "Nature Boy"* Stan Getz, Willie Smith (2), Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Oscar Moore, Johnny Miller (2), Louis Bellson, "Nature Boy"* - Gene Norman's Just Jazz Volume 13 Modern Records (2) MOD 2013 US 1951 Sell This Version
L.D. 032 Willie Smith (2) - Jazz Concert album art Willie Smith (2) Jazz Concert(10") Vogue L.D. 032 France 1951 Sell This Version
ST 924 Willie Smith (2) - Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi album art Billy May And His Orchestra Featuring Willie Smith (2), Trummie Young*, Joe Thomas (3), Dan Grissom Billy May And His Orchestra Featuring Willie Smith (2), Trummie Young*, Joe Thomas (3), Dan Grissom - Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi (Album) Capitol Records ST 924 UK 1957 Sell This Version
ZGL 118 Willie Smith (2) - Alto Saxophonist Supreme album art Willie Smith (2) Alto Saxophonist Supreme (Comp) London Records ZGL 118 UK 1972 Sell This Version
SB-230 Willie Smith (2) - Live! Hollywood Palladium  - Freedomland, N.Y. 1953 - 54 album art Harry James (2), Willie Smith (2), Buddy Rich Harry James (2), Willie Smith (2), Buddy Rich - Live! Hollywood Palladium - Freedomland, N.Y. 1953 - 54(LP, Album) Sunbeam (3) SB-230 US 1979 Sell This Version
JH-1046 Willie Smith (2) - April 1946 Spotlight Bands Broadcasts Plus: Rare 1943 Air Checks album art Harry James (2) Featuring Willie Smith (2) Harry James (2) Featuring Willie Smith (2) - April 1946 Spotlight Bands Broadcasts Plus: Rare 1943 Air Checks(CD) Jazz Hour Compact Classics JH-1046 US 1995 Sell This Version
OCM 0013 Willie Smith (2) - A Sound Of Distinction album art Willie Smith (2) A Sound Of Distinction(CD-ROM, Enh, Mul) Ocium OCM 0013 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
EJC 55436 Willie Smith (2) - The Complete After Midnight Sessions - Master Takes album art Nat 'King' Cole And His Trio* Featuring The Solo Instruments Of Harry Edison, Willie Smith (2), Juan Tizol, Stuff Smith Nat 'King' Cole And His Trio* Featuring The Solo Instruments Of Harry Edison, Willie Smith (2), Juan Tizol, Stuff Smith - The Complete After Midnight Sessions - Master Takes(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Essential Jazz Classics EJC 55436 Spain 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

18463 Willie Smith (2) - Knock Me A Kiss / Strictly Instrumental album art Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra, Willie Smith (2) Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra, Willie Smith (2) - Knock Me A Kiss / Strictly Instrumental(Shellac, 10") Decca 18463 US 1942 Sell This Version
ERE 1503 Willie Smith (2) - Duke's Valve album art Juan Tizol And Willie Smith (2) Juan Tizol And Willie Smith (2) - Duke's Valve(7", EP) EmArcy, Pye Records ERE 1503 UK 1956 Sell This Version
SRC 7562 Willie Smith (2) - Experiment Perilous album art Willie Smith (2) Experiment Perilous(Shellac, 10") Sunset Recordings (3) SRC 7562 US Unknown Sell This Version
EPV 1090 Willie Smith (2) - "After Hours" Jam Session Featuring Willie Smith album art Willie Smith (2) "After Hours" Jam Session Featuring Willie Smith(7", EP) Vogue Records, Vogue Productions EPV 1090 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EP-1-6008 Willie Smith (2) - Moten Swing album art Willie Smith (2) Moten Swing(7", EP) EmArcy EP-1-6008 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

ILP-602 Willie Smith (2) - Swinging Lester Young album art Lester Young With Howard McGhee, Chico Hamilton, Willie Smith (2), Curtis Counce, Joe Albany, Vic Dickenson, Irving Ashby Lester Young With Howard McGhee, Chico Hamilton, Willie Smith (2), Curtis Counce, Joe Albany, Vic Dickenson, Irving Ashby - Swinging Lester Young (Comp) Intro Records (3) ILP-602 US 1957 Sell This Version
MMB 12013 Willie Smith (2) - Reeds That Matter album art Various Featuring Lester Young, Paul Quinichette, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Willie Smith (2) Various Featuring Lester Young, Paul Quinichette, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Willie Smith (2) - Reeds That Matter(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Mercury MMB 12013 UK 1960 Sell This Version
268.029/1-466364, 268.029, 1-466364 Willie Smith (2) - "Snooty Fruity" album art Harry James Orchestra* With Willie Smith (2) Harry James Orchestra* With Willie Smith (2) - "Snooty Fruity" (Comp, Album) Columbia 268.029/1-466364, 268.029, 1-466364 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
109, ST 109 Willie Smith (2) - Great Moments in Jazz Vol.2: Alto Masters album art Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Willie Smith (2) Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Willie Smith (2) - Great Moments in Jazz Vol.2: Alto Masters(LP, Comp) Swing Treasury, Swing Treasury 109, ST 109 US Unknown Sell This Version
BLJ 8040 Willie Smith (2) - Tea For Two album art Willie Smith (2) Tea For Two(LP, Comp) La Cicala BLJ 8040 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
TLP-5543 Willie Smith (2) - Alto Artistry 1944 album art Benny Carter, Pete Brown (2), Willie Smith (2) Benny Carter, Pete Brown (2), Willie Smith (2) - Alto Artistry 1944(LP, Comp, Mono) Trip Jazz TLP-5543 US Unknown Sell This Version