Buster Harding

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Buster Harding
Birth name Lavere Harding
Born (1912-03-19)March 19, 1912[1][2][3]
Origin Canada Ontario, Canada
Died November 14, 1965(1965-11-14) (aged 53)
Genres Swing music
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Count Basie

Lavere "Buster" Harding (March 19, 1912 – November 14, 1965) was a Canadian-born American jazz pianist, composer and arranger.


Born to Benjamin "Ben" and Ada (née Shreve) Harding in North Buxton, Ontario.[1][3] Harding was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where as a teenager he started on his own band.[4]

In 1939 he went to work for the Teddy Wilson big band, and then in the early 1940s went to work for the Coleman Hawkins band, and then Cab Calloway. He became a freelance arranger and worked with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie, among others.[4]

In 1949 he was the musical director for Billie Holiday recording sessions. In the early 1960s Harding played with Jonah Jones, though he was known primarily as an arranger and composer.[4]

Select discography[edit]

With Billie Holiday

  • Broadcast Performances, Vol. 1: Radio And TV Broadcasts (1949-52) (ESP Disk)
  • Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2: Radio And TV Broadcasts (1953-56) (ESP Disk)

With Roy Eldridge

With Count Basie

With Dizzy Gillespie


  1. ^ a b Abdul, Raoul (September 14, 2005). "Deep roots in 'Musical Buxton'". New York Amsterdam News. 
  2. ^ Miller, Mark (1997). Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949. Mercury Press. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-55128-046-2. 
  3. ^ a b 1930 United States Census. -- Ohio -- Cuyahoga -- Cleveland. - United States Census Bureau.
  4. ^ a b c Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. p. 335.