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Native son, Fletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson was born in Cuthbert in in 1897. He was perhaps the single most important influence in the development of big band jazz in America. He drew attention and acclaim to his own band during the 1920's and later, to the bands of Benny Goodman, for whom he arranged in the 1930's and 40's. Many giants of the jazz world either got their start with, or played with the Henderson bands of the 1920's, including Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter and Roy Eldridge. In 1928, Henderson sold his old arrangements to Benny Goodman in the mid-1930's and was largely responsible for Goodman becoming an "overnight sensation." Later he gave his entire repertoire of arrangements to Count Basie. He worked for Benny Goodman as an arranger and pianist. he was named "Arranger of the Year" by Downbeat in 1938 and 1940. Fletcher died in 1952 and is buried in Cuthbert.
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