Shadow Wilson

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Shadow Wilson
Background information
Birth nameRossiere Wilson
Born(1919-09-25)September 25, 1919
Yonkers, New York, US
DiedJuly 11, 1959(1959-07-11) (aged 39)
New York City, US

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 died of meningitis in July 1959.[5] He never recorded as a leader.


As sideman[edit]

With Thelonious Monk

With Joe Newman

With Sonny Stitt

With others


  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.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Ind, Peter (2005). Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy. Equinox. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-84553-281-9.
  5. ^ Spencer, Frederick J. (2002). Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats. Mississippi: Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578064538.

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