Don Goldie

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Donald Elliott Goldfield, 5 February 1930, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 19 November 1995, Miami, Florida, USA. Goldie was raised in a highly musical family. His mother was Claire St. Claire, concert pianist, composer and teacher (George Gershwin was a pupil), and his father was Harry ‘Goldie’ Goldfield, who played trumpet and acted as assistant conductor with Paul Whiteman. Following in his father’s wake, he took up the trumpet and early in his career played with country blues bands. He also worked in the society dance band of Lester Lanin before moving into jazz where his principal influences were Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan and Billy Butterfield. A four-year engagement with Jack Teagarden starting in 1959 brought him most attention in the jazz world although, over the years, he also played and sometimes recorded with bands led by Ralph Burns, Neal Hefti, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Gene Krupa, Joe Mooney and Buddy Rich. Unlike his spell...

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