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William Beason (6 March 1908 – 15 August 1988) was an American swing jazz drummer born in Louisville, Kentucky. At the height of his career, he recorded with Django Reinhardt.[1][2]

In 1939, Beason took over the role of drummer in Ella Fitzgerald's orchestra from Chick Webb.[3] He died, aged 80, in New York City.[4][5]

Discography (in selection)

With Dickie Wells and his Orchestra (Richard Fullbright, Bill Beason, Django Reinhardt, Bill Coleman)
  • 1937: Dinah ! / Nobody's Blues But My Own (Swing)
  • 1937: Japanese Sandman / I Got Rhythm (Swing)
  • 1937: I've Found A New Baby / Hot Club Blues (Swing)
  • 1937: Bugle Call Rag / Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Swing)
  • 1937: Sweet Sue / Hangin' Around Boudon (Swing)
  • 1940: Hangin' Around Boudon / I've Found A New Baby (Victor)
With Ella Fitzgerald and her Orchestra
  • 1974: Live From The Roseland Ballroom, New York 1940 (Sunbeam)
  • 1987: Jazz Live & Rare (Delta)


  1. ^ Jean 'Django' Reinhardt: A Contextual Bio-Discography 1910-1953. Taylor & Francis. 5 July 2017. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-351-56173-0.
  2. ^ The New Yorker. New Yorker Magazine, Incorporated. August 2000. p. 100.
  3. ^ Nick Talevski (1999). The Encyclopedia of Rock Obituaries. Omnibus. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7119-7548-4.
  4. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Bill Beason". Biography. AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  5. ^ "Bill Beason". Discography. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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