Shadow Wilson

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Shadow Wilson
Shadow Wilson, between 1938 and 1948 (William P. Gottlieb 09381).jpg
Background information
Birth name Rossiere Wilson
Born (1919-09-25)September 25, 1919
Yonkers, New York, US
Died July 11, 1959(1959-07-11) (aged 39)
New York City, US
Genres Jazz
Instruments Drums

Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson (September 25, 1919 – July 11, 1959) was an American jazz drummer.

Much of Wilson's early work was with swing jazz orchestras. He played with Frankie Fairfax's Campus Club Orchestra in 1936,[1] with Lucky Millinder in 1939, and following this, with Benny Carter, Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Woody Herman. Later in his career he played with Illinois Jacquet, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Newman, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, and Tadd Dameron.[2] The drummer was known to sit in at the famed Minton's Playhouse.[3] His nickname came from "his beautiful light touch with brushes", in the words of bassist Peter Ind.[4] Wilson's life was ended by a heroin overdose in July 1959.


With Kenny Burrell

With Tadd Dameron

With Illinois Jacquet

With J. J. Johnson

With Thad Jones

with Lee Konitz

With Gil Mellé

With Thelonious Monk

With Joe Newman

With Sonny Stitt

With Billy Taylor


  1. ^ Smith, W.O. (1991). Sideman,The Long Gig of W.O. Smith: a memoir. Rutledge Hill Press, Inc. pp. 38–40. ISBN 1-55853-132-7. 
  2. ^ Shadow Wilson at Allmusic
  3. ^ Rosenthal, David, H. (1992). Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955–1965. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505869-0. 
  4. ^ Ind, Peter (2005). Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy. Equinox. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-84553-281-9. 

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