Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman celebrates one of the state’s most versatile and prolific jazz musicians.
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This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll celebrate one of the state’s most versatile and prolific jazz musicians. Piano player Cedric Haywood was born Dec. 31, 1914, in Houston. From 1935 to 1940, Haywood performed with the Milt Larkin band, which included such influential Texas artists as Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb. Cedric Haywood also played with Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra in 1941, before rejoining the Milt Larkin band. Haywood worked with a number of popular artists throughout his career, including Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Brew Moore and trombonist Kid Ory. Cedric Haywood went on to record and perform throughout the United States and Europe. In 1963, he returned to Houston, where he worked with Texas blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins and led his own jazz band until his death on Sept. 9, 1969.