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Fletcher Henderson

p, 1897-1952 US, Cuthbert, Georgia
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. George Brooks (3)

American arranger, composer, & pianist. Born: 18 December 1897 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. Died: 28 December 1952 in New York City, New York, USA. Also known as Fletcher "Smack" Henderson. Very important to early jazz as leader of the first great jazz big band in the post Ragtime, pre-Swing era of the 1920s. Continued success during the 1930s as an arranger and composer, and as a masterful talent scout.

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Sing You Sinners on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Shanghai Shuffle on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Fidgety Feet on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Sugar Foot Stomp on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Christopher Columbus on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Blue Lou on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Stockholm Stomp on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Hot And Anxious on Ken Burns Jazz-Fletcher Henderson by Fletcher Henderson
King Porter Stomp on First Impressions by Fletcher Henderson
Big John's Special on Nightclub, Vol. 3 by Fletcher Henderson

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Title Artist Year Type
In Chronology - 1924-1925Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1927Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1923Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1937-1938Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1934-1937Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1932-1934Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1924 Volume 3Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1925-1926Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1931-1932Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1927-1931Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1923-1924Fletcher Henderson2009Album
In Chronology - 1924 Volume 2Fletcher Henderson2009Album
Sweet And HotFletcher Henderson2006Compil.
Radio RhythmFletcher Henderson2005Compil.
Riffin'Fletcher Henderson2005Compil.
Wrappin' It UpFletcher Henderson2005Compil.
Blue Rhythm: Original 1931-1933 RecordingsFletcher Henderson2003Compil.
Wrappin It Up!Fletcher Henderson2002Compil.
Volume 2 1926-1936 (The Alternative Takes In Chronological Order)Fletcher Henderson2001Compil.
The Harmony & Vocalion Sessions Volume 2 1927-1928Fletcher Henderson2001Compil.
Yeah Man!Fletcher Henderson2001Compil.
The Dixie Stompers, 1927-1928Fletcher Henderson2001Compil.
Volume 1 1923-1925 (The Alternative Takes In Chronological Order)Fletcher Henderson2001Compil.
The Harmony & Vocalion Sessions Volume 1 1925-1926Fletcher Henderson2000Compil.
Ken Burns JazzFletcher Henderson2000Compil.
Wrappin' It Up!Fletcher Henderson2000Compil.
Wrappin' It UpFletcher Henderson1997Compil.
The Classic TracksFletcher Henderson1996Compil.
New York City - Chicago 1924 - 1936Fletcher Henderson1996Compil.
Jazz & Blues CollectionFletcher Henderson1996Compil.
Masters Of SwingBenny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Bennie Moten, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Glenn Miller1995Compil.
Sugar Foot StompFletcher Henderson1995Compil.
Fletcher Henderson 1924-1938Fletcher Henderson1995Compil.
Tidal Wave (The Original Decca Recordings)Fletcher Henderson1994Compil.
The Crown King of SwingFletcher Henderson1994Compil.
Wild Party!Fletcher Henderson1994Compil.
Swing 1929 To 1937Fletcher Henderson1994Compil.
The Complete Louis Armstrong With Fletcher Henderson Vol. 1 1924/25Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson1993Compil.
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1993Compil.
Archive Of Jazz Volume 33 - Fletcher Henderson 1923Fletcher Henderson1993Compil.
Good Time Flat Blues / Screamin' The BluesLouis Armstrong, Maggie Jones, Fletcher Henderson1992Album
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1992Compil.
Fletcher Henderson And Louis Armstrong 1924 1925Fletcher Henderson And Louis Armstrong1991Compil.
SmackFletcher Henderson1991Compil.
1924-1925 Featuring Louis ArmstrongFletcher Henderson1991Compil.
1927Fletcher Henderson1991Single
Originator Of Swing ArrangementFletcher Henderson1991Compil.
Under The Harlem MoonFletcher Henderson1990Compil.
Sugarfoot StompFletcher Henderson1989Compil.
1924 / 1927Fletcher Henderson1989Compil.
Jazz Age - Great Original Performances - 1925 To 1928Fletcher Henderson1988Compil.
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1988Compil.
Swing 1929 To 1937Fletcher Henderson1988Compil.
The End Of An Era Vol. 1Fletcher Henderson1986Compil.
Big Band JazzFletcher Henderson, Buddy Rich1986Album
"Smack" Originater Of Swing ArrangementFletcher Henderson1986Compil.
Fletcher Henderson & The Dixie Stompers 1925-1928Fletcher Henderson & The Dixie Stompers1984Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraFletcher Henderson / Eddy Howard / Blue Barron / The Squadronaires1984Compil.
Rarest Fletcher, 1923 - 1924Fletcher Henderson1982Compil.
Dentistry In Rhythm Fillin' Chu GapsLeon "Chu" Berry With Fletcher Henderson And Wingy Manone1979Compil.
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1979Compil.
A Portrait of Fletcher Henderson 1925 - 1937Fletcher Henderson1979Compil.
The Creative YearsFletcher Henderson1978Compil.
Developing An American Orchestra 1923-1938Fletcher Henderson1977Compil.
Crescent City RhythmFletcher Henderson1976Compil.
The Complete Fletcher Henderson 1927-1936Fletcher Henderson1976Compil.
The Very First & The RarestFletcher Henderson1975Compil.
Shipwrecked Blues / My John BluesLouis Armstrong, Clara Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Green1974Album
Volume 3 (1923-1936)Fletcher Henderson1974Compil.
Harlem In The ThirtiesFletcher Henderson1974Compil.
Vol. 2 (1927-1934)Fletcher Henderson1972Compil.
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1970Single
The Dixie Stompers 1925-26Fletcher Henderson1970Compil.
The Immortal Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1968Compil.
The Complete pre- Louis Vocalion / BrunswickFletcher Henderson1967Compil.
First Impressions Volume 1 (1924-1931)Fletcher Henderson1967Compil.
1923-1924Fletcher Henderson1967Compil.
Rare Fletcher Henderson MasterpiecesFletcher Henderson1966Compil.
Rare Fletcher Henderson MasterpiecesFletcher Henderson1966Compil.
Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw And Their OrchestrasDuke Ellington / Fletcher Henderson / Artie Shaw1965Compil.
Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie And Their OrchestrasDuke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie1965Compil.
King Oliver And Fletcher HendersonKing Oliver And Fletcher Henderson1964Compil.
"First Impressions" Volume 1 (1924 - 1931)Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
Fletcher Henderson Vol. 1Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
A Study In Frustration (The Fletcher Henderson Story)Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
A Study In Frustration (The Fletcher Henderson Story) Volume 2Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
A Study In Frustration (The Fletcher Henderson Story) Volume 3Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
A Study In Frustration (The Fletcher Henderson Story) Volume 4Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
The Immortal Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1961Compil.
Fletcher HendersonFletcher Henderson1961Compil.
A Study In Frustration (The Fletcher Henderson Story) Volume 1Fletcher Henderson1961Compil.
The Birth Of Big Band JazzDuke Ellington / Fletcher Henderson1957Compil.
Jazz Pour Tous N° 9Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson1957Compil.
The Birth Of Big Band JazzFletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Tommy Ladnier1954Compil.
Chimes Blues / I Want ToFletcher Henderson1949Album
Mood Indigo / TozoClyde McCoy And His Orchestra / Fletcher Henderson1941Album
Oh Boy, I'm In The Groove / Kitty On ToastFletcher Henderson Conducts Horace Henderson And His Orchestra1940Album
Blue Lou / Christopher ColumbusFletcher Henderson1936Single
Sweet Music = Música Dulce / Malinda's Weddin' Day = El Día De Bodas De MalindaFletcher Henderson And His Connie's Inn Orchestra1931Album
I Never Miss The Sunshine (I'm So Used To The Rain) / Awful Moanin' BluesClara Smith, Fletcher Henderson1923Album
The Harlem Strut / Unknown BluesJames Price Johnson / Fletcher HendersonAlbum
Fletcher Henderson 1925-29Fletcher HendersonCompil.
Oh Boy, I'm In The Groove / Kitty On ToastFletcher Henderson Conducts Horace Henderson And His OrchestraAlbum
An Introduction To Fletcher Henderson His Best Recordings 1921-1941Fletcher HendersonCompil.
Harlem JazzFletcher HendersonSingle
(1921-1925) Piano Solos And Vocal AccompanimentsFletcher HendersonCompil.
Fletcher Henderson & The Dixie Stompers 1925-26Fletcher Henderson & The Dixie StompersCompil.
Fletcher Henderson With Slam Stewart And The Jazz TonesFletcher Henderson With Slam Stewart And The Jazz TonesCompil.
Classic Jazzmasters Fletcher Henderson 1924-1927Fletcher Henderson Featuring Louis Armstrong And Coleman HawkinsCompil.
First, Last & Only Live Concert From Kimball Hall, OtterburnFletcher Henderson, Bill Harris, Sidney BechetAlbum
"Smack"Connie's Inn Orchestra directed by Fletcher HendersonCompil.
Kid Ory, Fletcher HendersonKid Ory, Fletcher HendersonCompil.
1925 To 1928Fletcher HendersonCompil.
The Live Sound 1950Fletcher HendersonAlbum
That's Jazz Vol. 1Johnny Dodds, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Joe Venuti, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongCompil.
Slumming On Park AvenueFletcher HendersonCompil.
King Of SwingKid Ory And Fletcher HendersonAlbum
Pioneers Of Jazz 17Fletcher Henderson & Louis ArmstrongSingle
A Night At The SavoyCab Calloway, Teddy Wilson, Don Redman, Fletcher HendersonCompil.
RaritiesFletcher HendersonSingle
The Golden Era Of Jazz Vol. 6Fletcher HendersonSingle
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