Conte Candoli

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Conte Candoli
Photography by William P. Gottlieb
Chubby Jackson , Conte Candoli (center) and Emmett Carls , Esquire Club, Valley Stream, Long Island, circa April 1947. Photo: William P. Gottlieb

Secondo "Conte" Candoli (born July 12, 1927 in Mishawaka , Indiana ; † December 14, 2001 there ) was an American jazz trumpeter of cool jazz .

life and work

Conte Candoli was the younger brother of Pete Candoli and learned the trumpet from him. He played with Sonny Dunham (1940), Will Bradley (1941), Benny Goodman and Ray McKinley (1942), with Tommy Dorsey (1943-1944). Between 1944 and 1946 he worked in Woody Herman's band , during which time he graduated from high school. From 1947 to 1948 he played for Tex Beneke . This was followed by engagements with Stan Kenton (1948), Charlie Ventura (1949) and Woody Herman (1950). He then worked "freelance" in California , was again active with Stan Kenton (1952 to 1954) and played on his album New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm . Candoli had his own orchestra from 1954-55 and played with Les Brown , Bill Holman and Terry Gibbs . In the early 1960s he was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band for a short time and went on a European tour with them.

He was part of the West Coast Jazz environment around Richie Kamuca , Rolf Ericson , Bud Shank , Bob Cooper , Shorty Rogers , Jimmy Giuffre , Hampton Hawes , Shelly Manne , Herb Geller , Stan Levey , Chet Baker , Russ Freeman , Art Pepper , Barney Kessel and Frank Rosolino .

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