Pee Wee Russell (1906-1969)
Last updated: 04.11.18
p_russellpw.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Charles Ellsworth [Pee Wee] Russell, was a jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but he eventually focused solely on clarinet.
With a highly individualistic and spontaneous clarinet style that "defied classification", Russell began his career playing Dixieland jazz, but throughout his career incorporated elements of newer developments such as swing, bebop and free jazz. In the words of the poet Philip Larkin, "No one familiar with the characteristic excitement of his solos, their lurid, snuffling, asthmatic voicelessness, notes leant on till they split, and sudden passionate intensities, could deny the uniqueness of his contribution to jazz.
Personal remarks:
In my vinyl collection I have Portrait of Pee Wee (Counterpoint, CPT 565).

 

 
Websites:
url15.gif Pee Wee Russell Biography by wikipedia.org.  

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cd15.gif  The Land of Jazz   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Swingin' With Pee Wee   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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youtube15.jpg Pee Wee Russell - 1958 (1:54)
youtube15.jpg Pee Wee Russell and Charlie Byrd Live 1957 (8:56)