Serge Chaloff

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz bebop saxophone bop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

24 November 1923, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 16 July 1957, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Coming from a musical family, Chaloff studied formally on piano and clarinet but, entranced by the playing of Harry Carney, he taught himself to play baritone saxophone. In the early 40s he worked with a number of swing era big bands; however, his interest in the musical developments of the beboppers drew him to Boyd Raeburn’s adventurous band, which he joined in 1945. Thereafter he played with Georgie Auld and Jimmy Dorsey, extending the appeal of his instrument through his ability to play complex material without losing either his feeling for swing or the sonority that Carney achieved on baritone. In 1947 Chaloff became a member of Woody Herman’s Four Brothers band and for the next two years he was the most talked-about baritone player in jazz. Later he worked with Count Basie, but Chaloff had fallen victim to drug addiction and the remainder of his career was...

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