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date: 05 December 2019

Cooper, Buster [George]locked

  • Eddie Lambert
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld



(b St Petersburg, FL, April 4, 1929; d St Petersburg, FL, May 13, 2016). American trombonist. He acquired his nickname at birth because of his huge size. His first job, with his cousin’s band, took him to Texas. Later, in Nebraska, he worked with Nat Towles. After studying harmony and counterpoint in New York he joined Lionel Hampton (1953), spent two years in the house band at the Apollo Theatre while also spending brief periods with Max Roach, Johnny Griffin, and Pepper Adams, then worked with Lucky Millinder (for about nine months) and Benny Goodman (c November 1958 – April 1959). With his brother Steve Cooper, a double bass player, he formed the Cooper Brothers band, which included Eric Dixon, Lloyd Mayers, and Jimmie Johnson; they played in New York and Paris, where the drummer Curley Hamner replaced Johnson. Cooper joined Duke Ellington in June 1962...

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