|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Jazz|
|Tags:||jazz swing bebop saxophone big band all jazz saxophone anyswing bass saxophone classic swing george handy|
|Decades:||1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic biography discogs wikidata wikipedia|
Boyd Albert Raden, 27 October 1913, Faith, South Dakota, USA, d. 2 August 1966, Layfayette, Indiana, USA. Raeburn attended the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band, before becoming a professional musician leading a small, light music band, but in the 30s turned his attention to swing. In 1944 he formed a high-class band that featured some fine young musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Berman (trumpets), Earl Swope, Tommy Pederson (trombones), Al Cohn, Johnny Bothwell (saxophones), while older stars such as Roy Eldridge and Trummy Young played with the band that recorded for the V Disc label. Raeburn was unlucky - a fire at New Jerseys Palisades Amusement Park destroyed the bands library together with many of its instruments.
Undeterred, Raeburn put together an astonishing outfit that seemed, in 1945, years ahead of its time. It played numbers such as Dalvatore Sally, Yerxa and Boyd...