Kenny Davern Similar Artists

Bob Wilber - 82% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Sage Wilber, 15 March 1928, New York City, New York, USA. After studying clarinet as a child, Wilber began leading his own band and while still a teenager became a student of Sidney Bechet. He recorded with Bechet, grew adept on the soprano saxophone, and was clearly at home in a traditional jazz setting. Nevertheless, Wilber’s avid desire to expand his knowledge Read more

Pee Wee Russell - 63% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Ellsworth Russell, 27 March 1906, Maple Wood, Missouri, USA, d. 15 February 1969, Alexandria. Russell began playing clarinet in the early 20s and by 1927, the year he came to New York, had already worked with luminaries such as Jack Teagarden, Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke. In the late 20s and throughout the 30s and 40s, Russell played with numerous jazzmen wor Read more

Harry "Sweets" Edison - 55% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1915, Columbus, Ohio, USA, d. 27 July 1999, Columbus, Ohio, USA. A trumpeter who was inspired by Louis Armstrong, Edison gained valuable early experience with a number of territory bands, including the excellent Jeter-Pillars Orchestra. After a short spell with Lucky Millinder, Edison joined the Count Basie band in 1938, where he remained until Basie folded his bi Read more

Bobby Hackett - 50% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Leo Hackett, 31 January 1915, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, d. 7 June 1976, Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. After learning to play a number of instruments while still at school, including cornet and guitar, Hackett became a professional musician when barely into his teens. For the first few years he played violin and guitar but by 1934 he was concentrating on cornet. In Read more

Les Brown - 50% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lester Raymond Brown, 14 March 1912, Reinerton, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 January 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. By 1932, when he entered Duke University at Durham, North Carolina, Brown had already attended Ithaca College and the New York Military Academy and had studied harmony, arranging and composing, as well as becoming proficient on soprano saxophone, clarinet and b Read more

Pete Fountain - 50% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1930, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Taking up the clarinet as a small boy, Fountain was sufficiently adept to play and record before he was out of his teens. In the early 50s he worked with various bands in his home town, including the Basin Street Six. In 1954 he formed his own small band and for the next couple of years played with this group and with the Dukes Of Di Read more

Art Hodes - 48% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur W. Hodes, 14 November 1904, Nikoliev, Ukraine, d. 4 March 1993, Harvey, Illinois, USA. A few months after Hodes was born, his family emigrated from Russia and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing piano and by his late teenage years was working in dancehalls and clubs. He played with several local bands, including Wingy Manone’s, but also established him Read more

Frankie Trumbauer - 47% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 May 1901, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, d. 11 June 1956, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As a teenager Trumbauer played various instruments, including piano and trombone, before concentrating on the ‘C’ melody saxophone. He began leading a band while still in his teens and after military service in World War I played with several Midwestern dance bands. In the mid-20s Read more

Ruby Braff - 45% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Reuben Braff, 16 March 1927, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 9 February 2003, North Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. Although Braff did not make a notable impact on the jazz scene until the mid-50s, he was already an accomplished and experienced cornet player. He had worked extensively in the Boston area from the late 40s, playing with Pee Wee Russell and Edmond Hall, recording w Read more

Lu Watters - 44% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lucious Watters, 19 December 1911, Santa Cruz, California, USA, d. 5 November 1989, Santa Rosa, California, USA. After playing trumpet with several bands, Watters began leading his own combos in the mid-20s and thereafter was rarely out of work. Although his early bands were orientated towards swing and dance music, by the end of the 30s he was more and more dedicated to tra Read more

Red Norvo - 43% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kenneth Norville, 31 March 1908, Beardstown, Illinois, USA, d. 5 April 1999, Santa Monica, California, USA. After playing in a marimba band, Norvo was hired by Paul Whiteman in the late 20s. With this band he played xylophone and was called upon largely to deliver novelty effects. While with Whiteman he met and married one of the band’s singers, Mildred Bailey; in 1933 Read more

Casa Loma Orchestra - 42% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Canadian tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt had delusions of grandeur similar to those exhibited by William Randolph Hearst. Pellatt’s equivalent to Hearst’s castle at San Simeon was Casa Loma, a house he built near Toronto. In 1929 a group of musicians, originally controlled by contractor Jean Goldkette and working as the Orange Blossoms, mainly in Canada, decided to strike ou Read more

The Dukes Of Dixieland - 41% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1949 by trumpeter Frank Assunto (29 January 1922, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 February 1974, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA), and his trombonist brother Fred (b. 3 December 1929, Jennings, Louisiana, USA, d. 21 April 1966, Las Vegas Nevada, USA), the Dukes Of Dixieland got their start with band leader Horace Heidt in his ‘Youth Opportunity Programme’, Read more

Buddy DeFranco - 39% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Boniface Ferdinand Leonardo De Franco, 17 February 1923, Camden, New Jersey, USA. A child prodigy, DeFranco won an amateur contest playing the clarinet while still only 14 years old. Four years later he was in Gene Krupa’s band, then joined Charlie Barnet; and in 1944 became a featured player with Tommy Dorsey, who had been sponsor of the amateur contest that launched D Read more

Eddie Condon - 39% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Edwin Condon, 16 November 1905, Goodland, Indiana, USA, d. 4 July 1973, New York City, USA. After working in local bands, guitarist and banjoist Condon moved to Chicago in the early 20s. He quickly associated himself with the very finest young white musicians based there: Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Teschemacher, Jimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman, Dave Tough and other members Read more


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