|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Jazz|
|Tags:||jazz old little-known brilliance moje standards ben pollack under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
22 June 1903, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 7 June 1971, Palm Springs, California, USA. After playing drums with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the early 20s, Pollack formed his own band, which he proceeded to stock with the best of the up-and-coming young white jazz and dance band musicians of the day. Among the future stars who played in Pollacks bands in the late 20s were Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Jack Teagarden. Despite this interest in fostering emerging jazz talent, Pollack was primarily concerned with commercial success and this led to a number of disputes that often ended with one or another of the musicians quitting. By the mid-30s, Pollack had largely given up drumming to direct the band and concern himself with business affairs, the drum chair being taken over by Ray Bauduc. In his band at this time were Yank Lawson, Gil Rodin and Eddie Miller; when another argument broke out the bulk of the band left to form a co-operative unit, at the head of...