Charlie Ventura

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Charlie Ventura, circa October 1946.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb .

Charlie Ventura (born December 2, 1916 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , † January 17, 1992 Pleasantville , New Jersey ) was an American jazz saxophonist (tenor, soprano, alto, baritone, bass).

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Ventura was one of the protagonists of bebop . "Bop for the people" - that was his motto, and that often included the singing of Buddy Stewart or Jackie Cain & Roy Kral . His secret love was the big band . However, his attempts to hold a large jazz formation together were unsuccessful.

Ventura played in New York a. a. with Dizzy Gillespie , Buddy DeFranco and Roy Eldridge in jam sessions . In 1942/3 he was with Gene Krupa , then with Teddy Powell until 1944 and again with Krupa from 1944 to 1946, before he had his own big band in 1946/47. In January 1946 he played alongside Charlie Parker and Lester Young at one of the first concerts in the Jazz at the Philharmonic series . From 1947 to 1949 he was known as a leader with Bop for the People , but for economic reasons they could only appear as a septet in the end, u. a. with the alto saxophonist Boots Mussulli . In 1950/51 he led a big band again. In 1951 he formed the "Big Four" with Buddy Rich , Chubby Jackson and Marty Napoleon . In 1952 he toured Japan in a trio with Gene Krupa. He still worked with Krupa in the 1960s. From 1958 to 1961 he was in Las Vegas.

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