|Tags:||jazz dixieland dixieland jazz classic jazz swing|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Francis Joseph Spanier, 9 November 1901, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 12 February 1967, Sausalito, California, USA. Spanier began playing cornet while barely in his teens and within a couple of years was a professional musician. His first job was with Elmer Schoebel. By the end of the 20s he had established a reputation mostly in and around Chicago and had been hired by Ted Lewis for his popular band. He remained with Lewis until the mid-30s, then joined Ben Pollack. After a short period of serious illness he formed his own band, the Ragtimers, for a hotel residency in 1938 and also recorded with the band the following year. Although short-lived, the Ragtimers made an enormous impact on the public.
During the 40s Spanier combined leading his own bands with working for other artists such as Bob Crosby, Pee Wee Russell, Art Hodes and Miff Mole. In the 50s he worked frequently with Earl Fatha Hines, playing at numerous hotels, clubs...