Teddy Bunn (1909 -
July 20, 1978) was a
top-rated American blues and jazz guitarist in the 1930s.
Theodore Bunn was born in
in 1909. Twenty years later in
1929 he began recording with Duke Ellington as a guest performer. From 1929 to
1931, he played with The Washboard Serenaders. He recorded with the Spirits of
Rhythm from 1932 to 1937 and again from 1939 to 1941. Freeport,
Bunn recorded with such musicians as Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, J.C. Higginbotham and Lionel Hampton. After he recorded four solo numbers for Blue Note, his popularity apparently declined.
By the 1970s Bunn played electric guitar almost exclusively in R&B bands. He died on
1978 in . Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Livingston (January 29, 1912, Bristol, Tennessee
- October 7, 1988, Los Angeles) was an American jazz guitarist and bass
After moving to
York City, he accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on tour and
on record. He served briefly in the military during World War II, but returned
to jazz playing on the West Coast in 1943. He played with Cee Pee Johnson in Hawaii
Alongside his guitar playing,
also sang with the Spirits of Rhythm, and led a group called the Four Blazes.
From the 1950s he did freelance work with West Coast jazz musicians and also
became active as a record producer. In the 1970s he took up electric bass
alongside the guitar, and recorded with both instruments.
These two sides are from the last recording session by The Spirits Of Rhythm on January 24, 1945 in Los Angeles.
Leonard Feather p / Teddy Bunn, Ulysses Livingston g / Red Callender sb / Georgie Vann v / Leo Watson scat v.