This Week in Texas Music History: Cedric Haywood
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 December 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 September 9, 1969.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about a music teacher who helped establish the oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra in the state.