Andy Kirk

An understated and undersung big band leader, from the Midwest. His two greatest players were Dick Wilson, a very fine tenor sax man who unfortunately died young, and the perpetually modern Mary Lou Williams, possibly the finest female jazz player.

Bop trumpeters Howard McGhee and Fats Navarro were briefly in his band.

Jazz Bands & Musicians:
Louis Armstrong
Bix Beiderbecke
Art Blakey
Cab Calloway
Nat King Cole
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Bill Evans
Benny Goodman
Erskine Hawkins
Stan Kenton
Andy Kirk
Mills Blue Rhythm Band
Charles Mingus
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Bud Powell
Sonny Rollins
Art Tatum