Shadow Wilson

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born on 25/9/1919 in Yonkers, NY, United States

died on 11/7/1959 in New York City, NY, United States

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Shadow Wilson

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Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson (September 25, 1919 – July 11, 1959) was an American jazz drummer.

Much of Wilson's early work was with swing jazz orchestras. He played with Frankie Fairfax's Campus Club Orchestra in 1936,[1] with Lucky Millinder in 1939, and following this, with Benny Carter, Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Woody Herman. Later in his career he played with Illinois Jacquet, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Newman, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, and Tadd Dameron.[2] The drummer was known to sit in at the famed Minton's Playhouse.[3] His nickname came from "his beautiful light touch with brushes", in the words of bassist Peter Ind.[4] Wilson's life was ended by a heroin overdose in July 1959. He never recorded as a leader.


With Kenny Burrell

  • Swingin' (Blue Note, 1956 [rel. 1980])
  • Kenny Burrell Volume 2 (Blue Note, 1956)

With Tadd Dameron

  • Fontainebleau (Prestige, 1956)

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Groovin' with Jacquet (Clef, 1951-53 [1956])

With J. J. Johnson

  • J. J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets (Savoy, 1947–49)
  • Jay and Kai (Columbia, 1957) with Kai Winding

With Thad Jones

  • Detroit – New York Junction (Blue Note, 1956)

with Lee Konitz

  • Very Cool (Verve, 1957)

With Gil Mellé

  • Quadrama (Prestige, 1957)

With Thelonious Monk

  • Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland, 1957) - with John Coltrane
  • Mulligan Meets Monk (Riverside, 1957) - with Gerry Mulligan
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note, 1957 [2005]) - with John Coltrane

With Joe Newman

  • All I Wanna Do Is Swing (RCA Victor, 1955)
  • The Count's Men (Jazztone, 1955)
  • I'm Still Swinging (RCA Victor, 1955)
  • I Feel Like a Newman (Storyville, 1956)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Kaleidoscope (Prestige, 1952 [1957])
  • Sonny Stitt Plays (Roost, 1955)
  • Sonny Stitt with the New Yorkers (Roost, 1957)

With Billy Taylor

  • Piano Panorama (Atlantic, 1957)


  1. ^ Smith, W.O. (1991). Sideman,The Long Gig of W.O. Smith: a memoir. Rutledge Hill Press, Inc. pp. 38–40. ISBN 1-55853-132-7. 
  2. ^ Shadow Wilson at Allmusic
  3. ^ Rosenthal, David, H. (1992). Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955–1965. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505869-0. 
  4. ^ Ind, Peter (2005). Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy. Equinox. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-84553-281-9. 

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