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musician

William R. Cole, musician. Recipient citation of merit Muscular Dystrophy Association American, Inc., 1956. Member National Jazz Fraternity (directory); Mason.

Background

Cole, William R. was born on October 17, 1909 in East Orange, New Jersey, United States. Son of Reuben and Carrie (Johnson) Cole.

Education

Student Wilberforce U., 1927-1930, Juilliard Conservatory Music, 1941.

Career

With Benny Carter Orchestra, 1934-1937, Cab Calloway Orchestra, 1939-1942, Raymond Scott Orchestra, 1942-1944. Actor stage play Carmen Jones, 1944-1947. With Benny Goodman’s Band, 1945-1947, Louis Armstrong, 1949-1952.

Secretary, vice president Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole Music School, Inc., New York City.

Membership

Member National Jazz Fraternity (directory).

Connections

Married Evalena Kiggins, July 18, 1951.

father:
Reuben Cole

mother:
Carrie (Johnson) Cole

spouse:
Evalena Kiggins