Milton Senior

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Despite the fact that most people would probably think he is a high school, Milton Senior can claim genuine status as a jazz hotshot. After all, how many bandleaders can rightly claim that they have had…
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Despite the fact that most people would probably think he is a high school, Milton Senior can claim genuine status as a jazz hotshot. After all, how many bandleaders can rightly claim that they have had both Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson on piano in their bands? These legendary keyboard maestros were indeed members of Senior's combo called the Toledo Band in the early '30s. Senior eventually disbanded this group and quit playing music, in retrospect probably not the cheeriest of decisions since he wound up committing suicide in the late '40s.

This artist's career may have begun even prior to the '20s, when he would have still been a teenager. In 1921 Senior was a senior member -- what else? -- of the Synco Septette, which later changed its name to the Synco Jazz Band and was taken over by bandleader William McKinney. The latter impresario developed his famous McKinney's Cotton Pickers from the synco-shell, Senior staying in the reed section of this new group through the fall of 1928. He worked with Wes Helvey prior to a move to Toledo and the initiation of the aforementioned Toledo Band. Senior can be heard on a variety of '20s jazz compilations as well as collections of music by McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Jean Goldkette, and the tasty Chocolate Dandies.