Tutti Camarata

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Salvatore Camarata, 11 May 1913, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA, d. 20 April 2005, Burbank, California, USA. Although a proficient trumpet player, Camarata’s chief talent lay in his imaginative arranging. After studying at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, he played in studio bands and also developed his arranging and composing ability. In the early 30s he arranged for Charlie Barnet, before joining the Jimmy Dorsey band as lead trumpeter. It was, however, as an arranger that Camarata made an indelible mark on the fortunes of the Dorsey band. He dreamed up a highly effective and musically ingenious gimmick for the band during its long run on the Twenty Grand radio show. Faced with the need to demonstrate all that the band could do in one three-minute spot, he created a three-in-one arrangement that began with a song smoothly sung by Bob Eberly, moved on to a jumping up-tempo section featuring Dorsey’s alto, and then slowed it down to showcase Helen...

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