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Duncan, Henry J. "Hank"

(born: 1894  -  died: 1968) 

Duncan, born in Bowling Green, KY, was a pianist. It was said he could hold his own going head to head with Fats Waller. Duncan led the Kentucky Jazz Band, based in Louisville; he moved the band to Detroit, Michigan, in 1919. He also played with Fess Williams, King Oliver, and recorded with Sidney Bechet. For more see The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz; and The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies, by L. Feather & I. Gitler.

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NKAA Entry: Williams, Stanley Rudolph "Fess"
NKAA Source: The new Grove dictionary of jazz 1st ed.
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of jazz in the seventies

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