Oliver Todd
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Oliver Todd

Oliver C. Todd (1916–2001) was an American Jazz band leader, organ, piano, and trumpet player. He was born in Kansas City, United States. He was one of the city's most famous band leaders and led a band known as the Hottentots, a group he formed in 1934 with Kansas City, Kansas, resident Margaret Johnson, who would assume leadership after Todd left the band in 1936.[1]

Hottentots members included, at various times, the following musicians Tiny Davies (trumpet) formerly with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Gene Ramey (string bass), Winston Williams (string bass), Bill Graham (alto sax) later with Count Basie and Ellington, Clifford Love, Eddie McClelland (tenor sax) & Clayborn Graves. In 1992, he won the KC Jazz jazz Heritage Award. He was also a friend of Charlie Parker. After his death, he was for some time was interred in an unmarked grave until The Coda Jazz Fund paid for a headstone for him.[2]

References

  1. ^ Frank., Driggs, (2005). Kansas City jazz : from ragtime to bebop : a history. Haddix, Chuck. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 172. ISBN 9780195307122. OCLC 57002870. 
  2. ^ Schofield, Matthew. "Marker added to jazz musician Oliver Todd's grave site". Kansas City Star. September 30, 2002



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