Ozzie Cadena

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Oscar "Ozzie" Cadena (born September 26, 1924 in Oklahoma City , † April 9, 2008 in Torrance ) was an American music producer for Savoy Records and Prestige Records .


Cadena grew up in Newark , New Jersey ; in his youth he attended African-American church services and frequented Harlem to listen to music. During World War II he served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in the Southwest Pacific for four years.

After the war he worked in Newark's Radio Record Shop , whose owner Herman Lubinsky was also the managing director of the record label Savoy Records. In 1954 he wrote the title "The Night Time Is the Right Time" with Nappy Brown , which was later also covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival . Cadena became a producer and A&R scout in 1954 ; the first session he produced were recordings by trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding for their first LP Kai and Jay . Together with the drummer Kenny ClarkeCadena organized a series of sessions that were recorded in the studio of sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, New Jersey . His productions for Savoy include blues , gospel and jazz recordings by Pepper Adams , Cannonball Adderley , Curtis Fuller ( Blues-ette ) , Gigi Gryce ( Nica's Tempo ) , Wilbur Harden / John Coltrane ( mainstream 1958 ) , John Lee Hooker , Milt Jackson , Hank Jones , Duke Jordan ( Trio & Quintet ) , Yusef Lateef (Eastern Sounds) , Charles Mingus ( Jazz Composers Workshop ) , Hank Mobley , Esther Phillips , Red Rodney , Jimmy Scott and Marion Williams . as well as the edition of the Charlie Parker studio sessions for Savoy from the 1940s on LP, such as the "Koko" session from 1945 as The Charlie Parker Story . In 1959 his collaboration with Savoy ended.

Cadena then ran a record store in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and owned another in Newark; he also founded the record label Choice Records . In October 1962 he began to work for the Prestige Records label as head of the A&R, where he replaced Esmond Edwards , who took on a similar role for Argo at Chess Records . At Prestige he was responsible for production supervision and sales for the soul jazz division; he supervised recordings and a. by Red Holloway , Jack McDuff, and Shirley Scott .

In the mid-1970s, he settled on the west coast of the United States and lived in Hermosa Beach ; Cadena promoted jazz in the Los Angeles area at clubs like the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach.

He spent his final years in Redondo Beach, California; at the age of 83 years he died in a hospital in Torrance at a pneumonia , after 2007 suffered a stroke. His son Dez Cadena is a singer and guitarist who performed in the hardcore punk band Black Flag and later played in the punk band Misfits .

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  2. a b c d Stewart, Jocelyn Y. "Ozzie Cadena, 83; recorded jazz greats" , Los Angeles Times , April 12, 2008. Accessed July 31, 2009.
  3. Gitler, Ira . "The masters of bebop" , p. 142. Da Capo Press , 2001. ISBN 0306810093 . Accessed July 31, 2009.
  4. Staff. "Prestige Names Ozzie Cadena A. & R. Director; Signs Artists" , Billboard (magazine) , October 13, 1962. Accessed July 31, 2009.