Long-time readers know I enjoy birthday posts about Georgians who have made memorable contributions to the American experience. Today is no exception as we honor the contribution of Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952) to the sounds of jazz, blues, and swing, three genres still very much alive more than fifty years after the beginning of the rock revolution.
Henderson played an important role in bringing improvisational jazz elements into big band/dance band compositions. Both Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman credited his talent as an arranger for much of their success. It is interesting that his role in the development of American popular music was not well understood until academic studies of the history of jazz appeared late in the last century.
Compact disc cover, Imports release, ASIN: B01596RGW, October 16, 2015
wikipedia.com, Fletcher Henderson
newgeorgiaencyclopedia.com, Fletcher Henderson
pbs.org, Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Fletcher Henderson biography