Buddy DeFranco

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Buddy DeFranco (c. September 1947; photograph by William P. Gottlieb )

Boniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco (born February 17, 1923 in Camden , New Jersey , † December 24, 2014 in Panama City , Florida ) was an American jazz clarinetist.

Live and act

DeFranco won the Tommy Dorsey Swing contest at the age of fourteen . Since 1939 he has performed with Johnnie Scat Davis . In the 1940s he was a member of the bands of Gene Krupa , Ted Fiorito and Charlie Barnet , Tommy Dorsey and Boyd Raeburn . In 1949 he recorded for Capitol Records ; these recordings with sextet and big band were published on the avant-garde album Crosscurrents as well as recordings by Lennie Tristano . In 1950 he became a member of Count Basie Septet ; he also worked in the 1950s a. a. as a sideman of Art Blakey , Kenny Drew , Sonny Clark and Norman Granz and as a band leader. In 1951 he had a big band and from 1952 a quartet (with Kenny Drew (p), Milt Hinton (b), Art Blakey (dr)) or quintet. In 1954 he was on a European tour with Billie Holiday .

From 1960 to 1963 he led a quartet with accordionist Tommy Gumina and recorded an album with Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers . From 1966 to 1974 he directed the Glenn Miller Orchestra ( Ghost Band ) . In the following years he performed at numerous festivals, taught and recorded more than one hundred and fifty albums. He received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist for You Must Believe in Swing . He published the textbook Hand in Hand with Hanon .

In 2006 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship . Since 2000, the annual jazz festival at the University of Montana, at which he also performed annually until 2012, has been named after him.

Since 1948, New York City has been the main place of activity for many years . Most recently he lived with his wife in Panama City Beach in the winter and in Whitefish in Montana in the summer .


Buddy DeFranco (late 1970s)


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Jazz clarinet is great Buddy DeFranco dead at 91
  2. ^ Obituary in The New York Times
  3. ^ Buddy DeFranco, jazz legend with Missoula ties, dies at 91 . Accessed December 31, 2014.
  4. Src: Arne Reimer: American Jazz Heroes , p. 22.