Horace Henderson (Pianist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Horace Henderson

Horace W. Henderson, the younger brother of Fletcher Henderson, was an American jazz pianist, organist, arranger, and bandleader.

Birth name: Horace Henderson
Born: November 22, 1904, Cuthbert, Georgia, United States
Died: Aug 29, 1988
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, bandleader, arranger
Instruments: Piano
Associated acts: Fletcher Henderson

About Horace Henderson

Jazz artist who became an acclaimed arranger for many of the greats of his day, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Earl Hines.

Before Fame

He founded the Collegians with Benny Carter and Rex Stewart while at Wilberforce College. He later changed the name to the Horace Henderson Orchestra, then the Dixie Stompers.


He was involved in the arrangement and composition of In the Mood, Christopher Columbus, and Big John Special, all of which became jazz standards.

Family Life

His older brother was American pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer Fletcher Henderson. He never surpassed Fletcher’s fame.


He was pianist and musical director for Billie Holiday and Lena Horne.

Information related to Horace Henderson

  • Wilberforce University alumni
  • Big band bandleaders
  • American music arrangers
  • American jazz bandleaders

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