Gerard Badini

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s

Biography

16 April 1931, Paris, France. After training as a classical singer, Badini began playing clarinet in 1950. He worked in his native France and in other parts of Europe in various traditional jazz bands, including those led by Michel Attenoux and Claude Bolling. By the end of the 50s he had switched to tenor saxophone. Through the 60s and on into the 70s he worked extensively both as leader of his own small groups, that included Swing Machine, and teamed with visiting Americans, notably Helen Humes and several ex-members of Duke Ellington’s band. He lived in New York for several years at the end of the 70s, but returned to France in 1982. Two years later he formed a big band, named the Super Swing Machine, which was renamed in the 90s as the Gerard Badini Big Band. Badini plays with a gutsy driving style on up-tempo pieces but is at his best playing ballads, where his warm, breathy, emotion-packed tone is reminiscent of Ben Webster.

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