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Buster Smith

Born: Aug 24, 1904

Death: Aug 10, 1991

Birthplace: Texas

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Buster Smith

Date of Birth : Aug 24, 1904
Date of Death : Aug 10, 1991
Birth Place : Texas

Henry "Buster" Smith, also known as Professor Smith, was an American jazz alto saxophonist and mentor to Charlie Parker. Smith was instrumental in instituting the Texas Sax Sound with Count Basie and Lester Young in the 1930s. Smith played saxophone for a range of musicians including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Earl Hines, though in his career only recorded one solo album in 1959. Despite intending to release a follow-up in the 1960s, Smith was injured in an accident leading to a follow-up never eventuating.


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