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Bob Wilber - 87% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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

Harry "Sweets" Edison - 62% 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

Les Brown - 61% 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

Art Hodes - 57% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: 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 - 53% 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

Casa Loma Orchestra - 49% 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

Ruby Braff - 49% 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

The Dukes Of Dixieland - 47% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: 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

Isham Jones - 43% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s
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31 January 1894, Coalton, Ohio, USA, d. 19 October 1956, Hollywood, Florida, USA. A multi-instrumentalist, Jones was leading his own band by his late teens. He played mostly in the Chicago area until the early 20s, when he moved to New York. After a brief visit to the UK in 1924, he returned to form a new band, which by the end of the decade he had developed into an outstand Read more

Lu Watters - 42% 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

Dr. Michael White - 39% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Buddy DeFranco - 38% 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

Claude Thornhill - 38% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1909, Terra Haute, Indiana, USA, d. 1 July 1965, New York City, New York, USA. Thornhill studied piano formally, playing jazz with a friend, Danny Polo. In the early 30s he was resident in New York City, playing with Hal Kemp, Don Voorhees, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman and many other leaders. In the mid-30s he worked with Ray Noble and André Kostelanetz. Lat Read more

Tony Pastor - 38% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Big Band & Swing Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1907, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, d. 31 October 1969, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA. As a teenager Pastor played tenor saxophone in a number of east coast-based bands, sometimes with Artie Shaw who was a neighbour. Pastor tried a hand at band leading in the early 30s but with limited success. In the middle of the decade he joined Shaw’s band, became one of its Read more

Vincent Herring - 38% match to Kenny Davern

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 November 1964, Hopkinsville, New York, USA. Herring idolizes Cannonball Adderley and was chosen by Cannonball’s brother Nat Adderley to play in the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. He recorded a number of albums with Adderley including Workin’, We Remember Cannon, The Old Country, Autumn Leaves and Talkin’ Bout You. Before that, in July 1984, when his band Read more


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