Tony Parenti

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz new orleans jazz clarinet Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Anthony Parenti, 6 August 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 1972, New York City, New York, USA. By his early teenage years, Parenti was playing clarinet in various local bands that performed an incipient style of jazz. While still in his teens he formed his own band and made some records. In the late 20s he tried his luck in New York, playing with several popular dance bands including those of Meyer Davis, Ben Pollack and Freddy Rich. He worked in the studios for many years in the 30s, but at the end of the decade joined Ted Lewis for a five-year stint. In the late 40s he played at several clubs in New York and Chicago. He spent the early 50s in Florida playing with local bands before returning to New York to lead bands for residencies that extended throughout the 60s at clubs such as Eddie Condon’s and Jimmy Ryan’s. A fluent player in the dixieland tradition, Parenti deserves rather more attention than he has gained. His neglect results...

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