Don Fagerquist Octet
6 February 1927, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, d. 24 January 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working with the Mal Hallett band in the early 40s, Fagerquist joined Gene Krupa in 1944. He stayed with Krupa for several years, comfortably adjusting his trumpet playing to the boppish style the band adopted towards the end of the decade. After Krupas band folded Fagerquist spent a little time with Artie Shaw before becoming a member of Woody Hermans Third Herd. He later worked with Les Brown and the Dave Pell Octet, the Brown bands small-group offshoot. A striking soloist, Fagerquists thoughtful playing style admirably suited the west coast scene and in the 50s he played extensively and sometimes recorded with Shelly Manne, Pete Rugolo, Art Pepper and others, including the popular big band assembled for record sessions by Si Zentner in the mid-60s.