William Thornton Blue (1902 – 1968), sometimes credited as Bill Blue, was an American jazz reed player.
Blue grew up playing in local bands in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father was a part-time music instructor. He played with Wilson Robinson's Bostonians, a territory band, and worked with Charlie Creath and Dewey Jackson in the middle of the 1920s. Later that decade he worked with Andrew Preer's Cotton Club Orchestra in New York City and on tour in Europe as a member of Noble Sissle's ensemble. He remained in Paris briefly, playing with John Ricks.
Cab Calloway v, dir / Edwin Swayzee, Lammar Wright, Reuben Reeves t / De Priest Wheeler, Harry White tb / Arville Harris, William Thornton Blue cl, as / Andrew Brown bcl, ts / Walter Thomas as, ts, bar, f / Bennie Payne p / Morris White bj / Jimmy Smith bb, sb / Leroy Maxey d.
Cab's sister, Blanche, recorded It Looks Like Susie a little less than a month earlier...that date being one of Ben Webster's earliest on wax. Click here to take a listen.