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(August 20, 1926 – November 26, 1978) was an American jazz trombonist. He shot both of his sons, one fatally, before committing suicide in 1978.
Some of the key players were lead altoist Joe Maini, tenor saxists Bill Holman and Med Flory, trumpeters Al Porcino and Conte Candoli and trombonists
and Bob Enevoldsen.
Its catalogue includes Doc Cheatham, Don Ewell, Art Hodes, Keith Ingham, Geoffrey Keezer, Humphrey Lyttelton, Harold Mabern, Junior Mance, Jay McShann, Don Menza, Sammy Price, Don Pullen,
, Archie Shepp, Ralph Sutton, and Buddy Tate.
Tom was recognized in the mid-1960s as an outstanding saxophone and flute player. He performed on saxophone with such jazz greats as
, Bill Watrous, Arturo Sandoval, Jack Sheldon, Pete Christlieb and Louis Bellson.
Over the years, his sidemen included Ray Brown, Pete and Conte Candoli, Chuck Findley, John Heard, Roger Ingram, Don Menza, Blue Mitchell, Larry Novak, Nat Pierce,
, Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, and Snooky Young.
Elliot has received numerous accolades, including the
Award and Slide Hampton Award (Berklee School of Music). He also won the International Trombone Workshop's "Under 29" Jazz Trombone competition in 1995.
After 1958, Fontana would tour rarely, such as a 1966 tour of Africa with Herman's band sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He primarily performed with house orchestras in Las Vegas during the 1960s, particularly Paul Anka's band (with
). He also performed in bands backing Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, and the Benny Goodman orchestra.
In 1972, he would become a member of Supersax, a nine-piece band (featuring five saxophones) that was started by saxophonist Med Flory and bassist Buddy Clark. He, along with Warne Marsh, played tenor sax in the band and Carl Fontana,
(trombone). The group won a Grammy in 1974.
Silver 'n Wood is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1975 featuring performances by Silver with Tom Harrell, Bob Berg, Ron Carter and Al Foster with an overdubbed horn section conducted by Wade Marcus featuring Buddy Collette, Fred Jackson, Jr., Jerome Richardson, Lanny Morgan, Jack Nimitz, Bill Green, Garnett Brown, and
He joined forces again with Basso from 1972 to 1974, and played in the 1970s with Franco Ambrosetti, Conte Candoli, Dusko Goykovich, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis,
, Ernie Wilkins, and Kai Winding. He grew increasingly sick from the middle of the 1980s, and receded from active performance.
George has enjoyed jazz music since the age of 5 when he first heard Maynard Ferguson. When he was young, he listened daily to recordings of groups such as the Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich,
, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.
Born in Detroit, Michigan,
studied the guitar with his father from the age of 9. He took up the trombone at age 14 while he was enrolled at Miller High School, where he played with Milt Jackson in the school's stage band and small group. He didn't graduate. He joined the 86th Division Army Band during World War II.
Messina started playing guitar as an adolescent. By his mid-twenties, Messina was playing in the ABC Television studio band, accompanying guests that included Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Jack Teagarden, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Eddie (LockJaw) Davis,
and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.
In 1970, he moved to Toronto, where he began a longstanding association with Rob McConnell's group, Boss Brass; he also played with Ed Bickert, Ruby Braff, Jim Galloway, Sonny Greenwich, Jay McShann, Emily Remler, and
. In 1976, he toured with Jim Hall for the first time and in 1981 did an international tour with Oscar Peterson.
Notable brass soloists that recorded with the group included Conte Candoli (trumpet),
(trombone) and Carl Fontana (trombone). On the group's recordings their music was tightly orchestrated, with arrangements by Flory that contained little or no calls for improvisation (although members of the band would often solo at live performances).
As a member of the "house rhythm section" at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked with Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison,
, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan and Kenny Wheeler.
In 1954, after leaving Stan Kenton, Candoli formed his own group with sidemen Chubby Jackson,
, and Lou Levy. He soon moved to Los Angeles to join the Lighthouse All-Stars with Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, and Bob Cooper, and was with them for four years.
The trombonists that first gave him an idea of the possibilities of the instrument were Laurence Brown, "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Jack Teagarden. Later, he became enamored of the "bebop" school of playing, particularly the work of J.J. Johnson, Jimmy Cleveland, Curtis Fuller, and
D'Andrea is considered one of the most famous jazz musicians from Italy and has recorded some 200 albums. He developed his style in the 1960s and won several awards in his home country. He has worked with Gato Barbieri, Steve Lacy, Dave Liebman, John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Ernst Reijseger, Slide Hampton,
, Conte Candoli, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Johnny Griffin, Tony Scott, Han Bennink, Dave Douglas and also with numerous Italian musicians.
Auld was most noteworthy for his work with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Porcino, Billy Eckstine, Tiny Kahn,
, and many others. Primarily a swing saxophonist, he did many big band stints in his career, and led several big bands, including Georgie Auld and His Orchestra and Georgie Auld and His Hollywood All Stars. Auld also played some rock´n roll working for Alan Freed in 1959.
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