Will(iam) Ezell

Piano, Vocals

Date of Birth:  December 23, 1892    Brenham, TX

Date of Death:  August 2, 1963    Chicago, IL

Place of Burial:  Restvale Cemetery

                          11700 S. Laramie Avenue

                          Alsip, IL 60803

Has Marker:  Yes, provided by Killer Blues Headstone Project

Grave Location:  Section L5x, Row 8, Grave 51

                           (Between A. Smith & W.M. Martin)

                           41° 40' 44" N / 87° 44' 56" W


Will Ezell's Gin Mill Jazz, Riverside (RLP 1043)

Will Ezell, Chicago Piano (12-002)

Will Ezell: Pitchin' Boogie - Complete Recordings 1928-1929, Oldie Blues (OL 2830)

Will Ezell   1927 - 1931 - Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, RST Blues Document (BDCD-6033)

Pitchin' Boogie - A Second Collection of Boogie Woogie Piano Rarities, Milestone (MLP 2018)


Bogdanov, Vladimir et al. (Ed.). All Music Guide to The Blues. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003, 3rd Edition.

Charters, Samuel B. The Country Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975.

Edwards, Bill. "William Ezell," ragtimepiano.com. Accessed June 10, 2018.

Komara, Edward (Ed.). The Blues Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Oliver, Paul. The Story of The Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Rowe, Mike. “Piano Blues and Boogie Woogie.” The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, Inc., 1990, pp. 83-


Silvester, Peter J. The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Uzzel, Robert L. Blind Lemon Jefferson. Fort Worth: Eakin Press, 2002.

van der Tuuk, Alex. New Paramount Book of Blues: Elusive Artists on Paramount Race Records. Overeen, Netherlands: Agram Blues Books,


Will Ezell, Pitchin' Boogie

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