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Don Ewell (November 14, 1916 – August 9, 1983) was an American jazz stride pianist born in Baltimore, Maryland, known for his work with Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory, George Lewis, George Brunis, Muggsy Spanier and Bunk Johnson.

Don Ewell
Born(1916-11-14)November 14, 1916
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedAugust 9, 1983(1983-08-09) (aged 66)
Associated actsJack Teagarden, Charles Burrell (musician)

Ewell played with Bill Reinhardt's Jazz, Ltd. band in Chicago in 1947, 1948 and 1949.[1] From 1956 to 1962, Ewell was a leading member of the Jack Teagarden band. Following Teagarden's death Ewell did some European tours, and then moved back to New Orleans and played clubs and hotels there. From 1976 to 1978 Ewell concertized, battled alcoholism, while living with his friend King Denton's family, the manager of a local jazz club where Ewell was Artist in Residence. Thereafter, Ewell moved back to his primary residence in Maryland. Following his daughter's death from cancer and after two strokes, Ewell died on August 9, 1983.


Select discographyEdit

As leaderEdit

  • Music to Listen to Don Ewell By (Good Time Jazz, 1957)
  • Man Here Plays Fine Piano! (Good Time Jazz, 1961)
  • Free 'N Easy! (Good Time Jazz, 1962)
  • Don Ewell: Denver Concert (Pumkin, recorded 1966 / released ??)
  • A Jazz Portrait of the Artist (Chiaroscuro Records, 1969; included on Chiaroscuro compilation "Solo Piano 1967-1973")
  • Jazz On A Sunday Afternoon (Storyville Records, recorded 1969 / released 1985; included on Chiaroscuro compilation "Solo Piano 1967-1973")
  • Take It In Stride (Chiaroscuro Records, 1971; included on Chiaroscuro compilation "Solo Piano 1967-1973)
  • Don Ewell (Chiaroscuro Records, 1974)

As sidemanEdit

With Barbara Dane

  • Trouble in Mind (San Francisco)

With Doc Evans

With Bunk Johnson

  • Bunk Johnson with the Yerba Buena Jazz Band 1944 and with Doc Evans & His Band (Document)
  • Bunk Johnson Plays Popular Songs (American Music)

With Willie The Lion Smith

  • Grand Piano (77)

With Jack Teagarden

  • Mis'ry and the Blues (Verve)


  1. ^ Reinhardt, Bill; Collier, Derek; Whyatt, Bert (1 June 1993). "Bill Reinhardt: Jazz Ltd. and More". Storyville. Chigwell, England: Storyville Publications. 154: 136–147.