Hal McIntyre

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

29 November 1914, Cromwell, Connecticut, USA, d. 5 May 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA. After playing alto saxophone and clarinet in several groups, McIntyre formed his own big band in 1935. Although fairly popular on the one-night-stand dancehall circuit, the band folded, and in 1937, McIntyre joined Glenn Miller. He remained with Miller until 1941, when he re-formed his own band. This time he enjoyed considerably more success, making records and playing on the radio. Although still orientated towards dance music, McIntyre’s was always a very sophisticated outfit and the employment of leading jazz players such as Eddie Safranski and Allen Eager ensured that the band swung. Arrangements were largely the responsibility of tenor saxophonist Dave Matthews, whose love of Duke Ellington’s music was apparent in much of his work. In the mid-40s McIntyre took his band on overseas trips to entertain US servicemen. He managed to keep the group together into the...

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