Personalities | Ben Pollack | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, 1903–71)

A member of the Chicago-based New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Pollack formed his own band in 1926 and by 1928 was employing such promising young players as Benny Goodman, Jimmy McPartland, Jack Teagarden and Glenn Miller. When Pollack’s orchestra disbanded in 1934, its membership became the core group for Bob Crosby’s orchestra. Pollack became the musical director for Chico Marx in the early 1940s and continued to play Dixieland music with his Pick-A-Rib Boys into the 1960s.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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