Willie the Lion (2004)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Instrumental Music, Music History  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Willie the Lion documents the remarkable life and career of William Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, better known as The Lion, a highly influential figure in the history of jazz. In addition to a full life that included a stint in the army, Smith composed numerous tunes and his piano style influenced such famous figures as Thelonious Monk, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

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archival-footage, cantor, career-retrospective, composer, jazz, pianist, showman, war-hero