Bobby Henderson (musician)

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Bobby Henderson (musician)
Birth name Bobby Henderson
Born April 16, 1910
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 9, 1969
Albany, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, stride piano
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, trumpet
Years active 1920s–1960s

Bobby Henderson (April 16, 1910 – December 9, 1969) was an American jazz musician, who also performed under the name Jody Bolden.[1]


Born in New York City on April 16, 1910,[2] Henderson began playing piano at the age of nine, and some years later studied book-keeping.[1] He recorded a pair of sides with Vanguard Records in the late 1950s.

Henderson was briefly engaged to the teenaged Billie Holiday in 1934,[2] whom he met and accompanied at the nightclub Pod's and Jerry's, but on December 1 that year the New York Age announced that he was no longer engaged to her.[3] He spent much of his career playing solo. He died in Albany, New York, in 1969.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

With Joe Williams


  1. ^ a b c Chadbourne, Eugene. "Bobby Henderson Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestly, Brian (2004). Rough Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). p. 354. ISBN 1-84353-256-5. 
  3. ^ Greene, Meg (2007). Billie Holiday. pp. 24–25. ISBN 9780313336294.