from Cleveland, OH
April 6, 1933 - December 5, 1990 (age 57)
A reliable hard bop-oriented trumpeter, Bill Hardman never became famous, but he helped out on many sessions. While a teenager, Hardman gigged with Tadd Dameron, and after graduating high school he was with Tiny Bradshaw (1953-1955). He debuted on record with Jackie McLean (1955), played with Charles Mingus (1956), and gained recognition for his work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1956-1958). Hardman worked with Horace Silver (1958), Lou Donaldson (on and off during 1959-1966), re-joined Blakey twice (1966-1969 and in the late '70s), was with Mingus again during parts of 1969-1972, and led a group with Junior Cook (1979-1981). Bill Hardman had an appealing style in the Clifford Brown tradition and recorded as a leader for Savoy (1961) and Muse. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
Bill Hardman – Focus (Full Album)
Bill Hardman Politely
Junior Cook with Bill Hardman , Spain 1987
Bill Hardman/Junior Cook Quintet in Paris 1986
Bill Hardman and that Moon
Bill Hardman 01."Capers"
Bill Hardman, Reflections on Georgia Politics
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