Will Marion Cook was a conductor, composer, performer, producer, and teacher. He was one of the biggest people in pre-jazz African American music. Though he was difficult to work with he still was a well respected man that worked with almost all of his other counterparts.
Will cook was born on January 27, 1869 in Washington D.C. When his father abruptly died he went to live with his Grandparents in Chattanooga. He was a fascinating young man and his unique talents were spotted early. Cook got accepted into Oberlin a college where he could work among white students. Once a professor noticed his skill as a violinist he was admitted into Joachim's academy. The violinist took Cook under his wing and introduced him to many of the biggest names in music at the time, including Johannes Brahms.
Unfortunately Cooks music career didn't blossom. He started to teach music privately and one of his students Clarence Cameron White became a famous as a violinist and composer.Cooks earliest composition was Uncle Toms Cabin and it was intended for the Chicago worlds fair of 1893 but wasn't performed.
Cook paved the way for numerous young black artists so this make him one of the invisible men of music.