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Donald J. Sebesky, 10 December 1937, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA. After learning to play the accordion, Sebesky switched to piano, then studied trombone with Warren Covington at the Manhattan School of Music in the mid-50s. Overlapping with this he also played in the band that had been Tommy Dorseys and which continued under the leadership of Covington. Meanwhile, Sebesky extended his studies into the field of composition. During this decade, and while still studying, he played with several important leaders, including Kai Winding and Claude Thornhill, and also wrote arrangements for Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan and Maynard Ferguson, appearing on the latters 1958 set A Message From Newport.
In the 60s Sebesky freelanced as an arranger but also played occasionally, especially towards the end of the decade. Among many with whom he worked were Wes Montgomery, writing the charts for Bumpin, Buddy Rich and Paul Desmonds...