|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Jazz|
|Tags:||instrumental american male orchestra 50s leader under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1950s 1990s 2000s|
Ralph Martin, 24 December 1914, Accerra, near Naples, Italy, d. 10 October 1978, Dayton, Ohio, USA. While Marterie was still a child his parents emigrated to the USA, where his father joined the orchestra of the Chicago Civic Opera. Ralph was still a teenager when he started playing trumpet with Danny Russos Oriole Orchestra. He went on to play in local theatres and with other bands in Chicago, which was at that time the countrys largest musical centre outside New York. Consequently, Marterie never had to leave the city to find work, joining the NBC staff orchestra where he played under conductors such as Percy Faith and André Kostelanetz. During World War II Marterie led a US Navy band, then after the war he returned to Chicago as a leader with ABC radio.
In 1949 Marterie started recording for Mercury Records with his own band, which featured his brassy open trumpet. He did not achieve instant success but in 1952 the band...