Georgie Auld

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Georgie Auld, circa August 1947.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb .
Serge Chaloff , Georgie Auld, Red Rodney , Tiny Kahn and others, around August 1947.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb .

Georgie Auld (actually John Altwerger , * 19th May 1919 in Toronto , Ontario , † 8. January 1990 in Palm Springs (California) ) was an American jazz - Tenor saxophonist , clarinetist and bandleader of the Swing .


Auld grew up in Canada, but has lived in the USA since the late 1920s and had his first appearances with his own formations in New York's Greenwich Village , for example at the Nick’s jazz club . He later worked in the orchestras of Bunny Berigan in 1937/38, then in 1938/39 with Artie Shaw , whose orchestra he took over in 1940. In 1940/41 he played with Benny Goodman , in 1941/42 again with Shaw and until he was drafted into the US Army with his own big band , in which Manny Albam played among others .

In 1949 he made his Broadway debut as an actor in Garson Kanin's play The Rat Race . He also played with Erroll Garner , Dizzy Gillespie , Al Porcino , Billy Eckstine , Tiny Kahn and Frank Rosolino , with whom he formed a quintet and a big band. In addition to his guest appearances in many swing bands, Auld also led his own formations, such as Georgie Auld and His Orchestra and Georgie Auld and His Hollywood All Stars .

In 1977 he played a band leader in the film New York, New York and was also active as a technical consultant for this film. At times, Auld had a club in Hollywood and was an agent for the musicians' union.

His expressive style was initially influenced by Coleman Hawkins , but then switched to a modernist variant of the style of Jimmy Lunceford .

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  1. quoted in Kunzler, p. 56