A leading alto saxophonist and arranger of the swing period. Born in Charleston, S.C.; performed with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (1929-1942) and Harry James Orchestra (1944-1964). He also performed briefly with Duke Ellington, 1951-1953.
Correspondence, event programs, photographs, and music manuscripts documenting Smith's career as a jazz musician and arranger.
Willie Smith Collection, 1945-1958, Archives Center, National Museum of American History