from Birmingham, AL
December 7, 1909 - May 19, 1978 (age 68)
Though he led a successful big band throughout the 1930s, Teddy Hill is best-remembered for managing Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, a nightclub where experimental jam sessions eventually led to the birth of the lingua franca of jazz: bebop. Prior to that, his musical career began after moving to New York in 1927, where he joined George Howe's band (which become Luis Russell's within months), staying until 1931. He started his own band in 1934, attracting such sidemen as Roy Eldridge, Chu Berry, Dicky Wells, Bill Coleman, and Dizzy Gillespie (who recorded his first solos while with Hill). The band played at the Savoy Ballroom regularly and toured England and France in the summer of 1937, but by 1940, Hill had left the band business in order to manage Minton's. There, such players as Gillespie, Berry, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Blanton, Thelonious Monk, and Kenny Clarke jammed after their regular gigs until past the wee hours, working out advanced harmonic innovations. (Indeed, one of the jams recorded by fan Jerry Newman was given the title Up on Teddy's Hill.) Minton's importance waned after World War II, though, and when it discontinued its music policy in 1969, Hill became manager of the Baron Lounge. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
Teddy Hill "MOVIN"(Official Music Video) shot by semaj
Teddy Hill "SWEET DREAMS"(Official Music Video) shot by semaj
Teddy HiLL - Puff Puff Pass (Official Video)
Teddy Hill: That´s Rock´n´ Roll.
Teddy Hill & His NBC Orchestra - King Porter Stomp - 1937
Teddy Hill and his orchestra - Blue Rhythm Fantasy - 1936
1937 Teddy Hill - The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don’t Watch Out) (with vocal quartet)
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