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Henderson, Fletcher, 1897-1952

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Personal name headingHenderson, Fletcher, 1897-1952
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Variant(s)Henderson, Fletcher Hamilton, Jr., 1897-1952
Henderson, Smack, 1897-1952
Henderson, James Fletcher Hamilton, 1897-1952
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1897-12-18
Death date1952-12-29
Place of birthCuthbert (Ga.)
Place of deathNew York (N.Y.)
Field of activityJazz
AffiliationHenderson All Stars Atlanta University Black Swan (Sound recording label) Club Alabam (New York, N.Y.) CafeĢ Society (Nightclub). Orchestra Benny Goodman Band
Profession or occupationBandleader
Pianists Jazz musicians Composers Arrangers (Musicians)
Found inFletcher Henderson's Orch., 1923-1924. [Phonodisc] 1966.
Int. dict. of Black composers, 1999 (Henderson, Fletcher Hamilton, Jr. ("Smack"); b. Dec. 18, 1897, Cuthbert, Ga., d. Dec. 29, 1952, New York, N.Y.)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Henderson, Fletcher (Hamilton, Jr.) (Smack); b. Dec. 18, 1897, Cuthbert, GA, d. Dec. 29, 1952, New York; bandleader, arranger, and pianist, brother of Horace Henderson)
Bio. enc. of jazz, 1999 (Henderson, (James) Fletcher Hamilton, Jr.; b. Dec. 18, 1898, Cuthbert, GA, d. Dec. 29, 1952, New York City; leader, composer, arranger, piano)
Hendersonia, c1973: p. 2 (Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr.; b. Dec. 18, 1897; "Feather's Encyclopedia of jazz (1955 ed.) gives ... the date of his birth as Dec. 18, 1898. Floyd Snelson (Pittsburgh courier, June 13, 1931), the Chicago defender (June 2, 1934), Fletcher himself (in a 1936 interview), and his sister Irma (in a letter to [the author]) all concur with the date as given by Feather. But the following sources list it as Dec. 18, 1897: an article by Deacon Johnson (N.Y. age, April 4, 1925), his official entry in ASCAP biographical dictionary (1952 and 1966 editions), his sister Irma (interview with Jeff Tarrer), and his headstone. Obituaries gave his age at death (Dec. 29, 1952) as 55.")
African American National Biography, accessed January 29, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Henderson, Fletcher; Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.; jazz musician, bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger; born 18 December 1897 in Cuthbert, Georgia, United States. He graduated from Atlanta University with a chemistry degree (1920); was house pianist and recording manager for Black Swan Records and successfully auditioned for an opening at the Club Alabam, New York (1923). He founded Henderson All Stars (1924-1929); worked as an arranger for Benny Goodman (1939); settled in at Cafe Society in New York with a sextet (1950). He died 29 December 1952 in New York, New York, United States)