Castor McCord

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Castor "Cass" McCord (born May 17, 1907 - February 14, 1963 ) was an American jazz musician ( tenor saxophone , clarinet ).

Castor McCord was the twin brother of saxophonist Ted McCord . McCord began his career in 1924 with Edgar Hayes ' Blue Grass Buddies . During his studies at Wilberforce University he played in a student band led by Horace Henderson . Later in the 1920s he moved from Ohio to Atlantic City and finally New York City , where he played in the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and Louis Armstrong in the late 1920s ; later with Eubie Blake and Charlie Matson .

In mid-1930 McCord went to France for a year and in 1936 on a tour of India with Leon Abbey . In Amsterdam in 1937 he led a trio; then he worked with Walter Rains in Rotterdam . At the end of the decade he returned to New York and worked again at Leon Abbey before joining the bands of Benny Carter , Eddie Mallory (recordings with Ethel Waters ) and Claude Hopkins . In 1940 McCord left the music business and opened a hairdressing business in Manhattan , which he ran until his death in 1963.

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