Buster Smith

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Birthday
24, 1904
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Aug 10, 1991 (86)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
24, 1904
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Aug 10, 1991 (86)

About

Known by the nickname Professor Smith, he was a mentor to Charlie Parker and pioneer of the Texas Sax Sound. He played with artists like Duke Ellington.

Before Fame

He learned how to play organ at the age of four and went on to master many instruments. He performed with medicine shows in Dallas, as well as with the Voodie White Trio.

Trivia

He was a member of the Blue Devils when the line-up featured many greats, including Lester Young and Count Basie.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Alsdorf, right outside of Dallas.

Associated With

He collaborated with Pete Johnson's Boogie-Woogie Boys.