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Tommy Stevenson

Tommy Stevenson (1914 - October 1944) was a jazz trumpet player in the big band era. He was the first high note trumpeter to be featured on recordings.

Nicknamed "Steve," Tommy joined Blanche Calloway (1935–1936), Don Redman (1936–1940), Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Millinder, Slim Gaillard and Cootie Williams, mostly playing lead trumpet. While playing with Cootie's band in New York in 1944 he contracted lobar pneumonia and died suddenly at the age 30.


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