Still, William Grant

Still, William Grant

1895 —
1978

Long known as the dean of African American composers, WILLIAM GRANT STILL was born May 11, 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi to musician parents of African-American, Native American, Spanish, Irish and Scotch heritage. Still received a B.s. degree from Wilberforce University, and then studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Some of the legends he worked with include Paul Whiteman, Artie Shaw, W.e. Handy, Eubie Blake and Sophie Tucker. Later study included a period at the New England Conservatory of Music and an individual scholarship with the ultra-modern composer Edgard Varese. Read more »

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