Earl Coleman (singer)
Moving to Indianapolis in 1939, he started singing with Ernie Fields and Bardu Ali. Coleman joined the Jay McShann band in 1943 and later sang with Earl Hines, the Billy Eckstine Orchestra and King Kolax.
By 1980-86 he was recording with organist Shirley Scott.
As a youngster and young man, Earl Coleman lived with his mother, Adell, his grandmother, Mary Chalk, his step-grandfather Harry Chalk, and his aunt, Mary Chalk Washington Scott.
He was booked at a local hotel-bar near Denver, Colorado, circa 1980s. During his stay, he met his cousins Cleotha Brown Bell from Mississippi and Clementine Washington Pigford from Denver. Other relatives in Denver included his cousins Eugene Washington and Vernie Lee Scott from Mississippi. Earl's cousin, Revell Washington, was living in Minnesota at that time.
It is reported[who?] that Earl Coleman was married to actress Marilyn Coleman.
- 1968: Manhattan Serenade - Earl Coleman - with Jerome Richardson (fl), Billy Taylor (p), Frank Foster (ts), Tom McIntosh Eddie Williams (ts), Gene Bertoncini (g), Reggie Workman (b), Bobby Thomas (d).