Vido Musso

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


13 January 1913, Carrini, Sicily, d. 9 January 1982, Rancho Mirage, California, USA. Musso’s family emigrated to the USA in 1920, settling in Detroit, where he began playing clarinet. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1930, he became friendly with Stan Kenton and the two men worked together in various bands, including one led by Musso and one they co-led. In the mid-30s Musso, by now playing tenor saxophone, joined Benny Goodman and thereafter played in the big bands of Gene Krupa, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and others, rejoining Kenton in 1946. He stayed only a year and then formed another band of his own, continuing to lead jazz-orientated dance bands until the mid-50s. An entirely untutored musician, Musso’s powerful, buzzing sound and aggressive solo style inclined him to the more extrovert areas of jazz and big band music. Untouched by the changes that took place in jazz in the 40s, Musso became something of an anachronism and for the rest of his career he...

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