Toots Mondello

Genres: Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1930s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Nuncio M. Mondello, 1912, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 15 November 1992, New York City, New York, USA. Mondello began playing saxophone as a youth, as did his brother, both becoming professional musicians. His first name-band job was with Mal Hallett’s popular dance band where he remained fairly consistently for five years, playing alto. He then went into a number of bands including those led by Buddy Rogers, Benny Goodman and Ray Noble before turning to studio work. He broadcast and recorded with many diverse musicians including André Kostelanetz, Chick Bullock, Bunny Berigan, Larry Clinton, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton. In 1939 he rejoined Goodman after a spell leading his own band. He recorded with the Metronome All Stars in 1940/1 before being inducted into the US Army. After the war he resumed freelance recording work, playing on sessions with Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and others in the 40s and with Billy Butterfield, Artie Shaw and...

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