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Fess Williams

(April 10th 1894 - December 17th 1975)

Born Stanley R. Williams in Danville, Kentucky in 1894 as a child he played several instruments before settling on the clarinet in his teens. Known as Fess (or professor) in 1919 he began leading his own band after attaining a formal music education at Tuskegee University. In 1923 Fess moved to Chicago to join Ollie Powers and soon began backing the variety act "Dave & Tressie" with whom he traveled to New York in 1924. There he formed his "Royal Flush Orchestra" in 1926 a group which served as support for his hot clarinet and saxophone.

Videos:

All For Grits And Gravy (3:11)

Goin' To Get 'Cha (2:57)

Hot Mama (3:22)

Hot Town (3:11)

Make Me Know It (3:03)

Messin' Around (2:57)

Musical Campmeeting (3:00)

My Pretty Girl (3:00)

Number Ten (2:58)

Playing My Saxophone (3:04)

Slide, Mr. Jelly Slide (3:03)

Sweet Savannah Sue (3:04)

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