Considered Seattle’s most technically advanced pianist of the ’30s and ’40s, Henson was influenced by Art Tatum. Henson was born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Portland, then Seattle, where he moved in 1932. Jimmy Rowles and Gerald Wiggins both picked up pointers from Henson and he was also highly respected by Palmer Johnson. Henson played the Blue Rose in the ’30s, left Seattle for a few years in the ’40s and came back in 1945, playing the Metropolitan Theatre on one of Norm Bobrow’s concerts, and a regular trio gig at the 908 Club. He moved to Portland in 1948.
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