Juice Wilson (January 21, 1904 - ?) was an American
Wilson grew up an
orphanand was raised by his unclefrom age three in Chicago. He began playing drums in the Chicago Militia Boys Band, then switched to violin at age eight. By the age of twelve he was already playing with Jimmy Wade, and at 14 he performed with Freddie Keppard. He worked on steamboats on the Great Lakesand did extended residencies with Jimmy Harrisonin Ohio. Early in the 1920s he worked in Erie, Pennsylvaniawith Hersal Brassfield, then moved to Buffalo, New Yorkto play with Eugene Primusas well as the Buffalo Junior Symphony Orchestra.
In 1928, Wilson moved to
New York Cityand played with Lloyd Scott at the Savoy Ballroom. At the end of the decade he toured Europe with Noble Sissle, and decided to remain there. He worked first in Hollandwith Ed Swayzee, Leon Abbey, the Utica Jubilee Singers, the Louis DouglassRevue, Little Mike McKendrick's International Band, and Tom Chase. He made trips to Spainand North Africabefore settling in Malta, where he became a local star. He worked there through much of the 1940s and 1950s as a multi-instrumentalist, and made further tours around the Mediterraneanbefore coming back to the United States in the 1960s. His date of death is not known.
Eugene Chadbourne, [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gzftxqugldfe~T1 Juice Wilson] at Allmusic
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