Miff Mole

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
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Decades: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irving Milfred Mole, 11 March 1898, Roosevelt, Long Island, New York, USA, d. 29 April 1961, New York City, New York, USA. A youthful multi-instrumentalist, Mole had settled on the trombone by his mid-teenage years. Gigging extensively in and around New York, he worked with many small early jazz bands, including one led by pianist-turned-comedian Jimmy Durante, and was also a member of the Original Memphis Five, led by Phil Napoleon. In the mid-20s he became a close friend and musical associate of Red Nichols; they made many records together and generally encouraged one another’s development. After a stint with Roger Wolfe Kahn’s popular society band, Mole began a long period of studio work, and in 1938 joined Paul Whiteman.

In the early 40s Mole began teaching, worked briefly with Benny Goodman, and led his own small bands at nightspots in New York and Chicago. Ill health restricted his career in the 50s. Although subsequently...

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