Buster Harding

born on 19/3/1917 in Ontario, Canada

died on 14/11/1965 in New York City, NY, United States

Buster Harding

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Buster Harding
Lavere "Buster" Harding (March 19, 1912 November 14, 1965) was a Canadian-born American jazz pianist, composer and arranger.


Born to Benjamin "Ben" and Ada (née Shreve) Harding in North Buxton, Ontario.[1][2] Harding was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where as a teenager he started on his own band.[3]

In 1939 he went to work for the Teddy Wilson big band, and then in the early 1940s went to work for the Coleman Hawkins band, and then Cab Calloway. He became a freelance arranger and worked with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie, among others.[3]

In 1949 he was the musical director for Billie Holiday recording sessions. In the early 1960s Harding played with Jonah Jones, though he was known primarily as an arranger and composer.[3]

Select discography

With Billie Holiday

  • Broadcast Performances, Vol. 1: Radio And TV Broadcasts (1949-52) (ESP Disk)
  • Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2: Radio And TV Broadcasts (1953-56) (ESP Disk)

With Roy Eldridge

  • All the Cats Join In (MCA Records)

With Count Basie

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Big Band Sound of Dizzy Gillespie (Verve Records)
  • Dizzy Gillespie: Best of Small Groups (Verve Records)
  • Dizzy and Strings (Norgan Records, 1954) also released as Diz Big Band (Verve Records)
  • Jazz Spectrum Vol. 11: Dizzy Gillespie (Metro Records)


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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz, Rough Guides.
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