|Tags:||jazz lounge instrumental easy listening saxophone|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia|
26 February 1925, New York City, New York, USA. Pell played clarinet at the age of 13, later switching to tenor saxophone. In the 40s he was with Bobby Sherwood and Tony Pastor, then settled in Los Angeles playing with Bob Crosby and Les Brown. Although active in the studios, in 1953 he formed an octet for jazz dates. Among many leaders, he recorded with Chet Baker, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa. Films on which Pell worked include Touch Of Evil (1957) and Summer Love (1958). He formed Prez Conference, dedicated to reprising solo performances of Lester Young although many of his big band recordings aimed at the commercial market. Musicians who played in Pells bands include Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Marty Paich and Art Pepper. In the 50s he recorded with Betty Bennett, Jimmy Giuffre, the Four Freshmen, Billy May, June Christy, Mel Tormé and Ray Anthony, recording with the latter into the 80s. Also...