|Tags:||jazz baritone sax hard bop new york saxophone|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Ronald Edward Cuber, 25 December 1941, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a highly musical family of Polish immigrants, Cuber began playing clarinet when he was aged about seven. Later, he switched to tenor saxophone but when he auditioned for the Newport Youth Band in 1959 he was asked by band director Marshall Brown to play baritone, the instrument upon which he then settled. Cuber had already gained valuable knowledge from studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and after appearing with the Brown-led youth band at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival he became a reliable section man with Slide Hampton and Maynard Ferguson in the early to mid-60s. In 1966 he joined George Bensons quartet and began to solo more, gradually widening appreciation of his skills. He played with Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman in the late 60s and then moved through a succession of bands performing a wide variety of musical styles including Latin, with Eddie Palmieri, and...