Personalities | Bobby Hackett | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
(Trumpet, cornet, guitar, 1915–76)
After Bobby Hackett was praised in Down Beat by Boston critic George Frazier in 1937, he headed to New York and settled into a group of neo-traditional players loosely associated with Eddie Condon. Although a lifelong fan of Louis Armstrong, Hackett’s gentle, fluid lyricism made him a more logical descendent of Bix Beiderbecke, whom he represented in a historical section of Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Hackett recorded with his own big band in 1939. His association with Condon brought him into an informal stock company of players who recorded for Dixieland-oriented Commodore Records.
He joined Glenn Miller in 1941 and played the famous cornet bridge on ‘String Of Pearls’. During the 1940s he divided his time between radio staff work and jazz. Hackett’s placid improvisations found a large audience in the 1950s as the featured solo voice on many mood music albums conducted by Jackie Gleason. He also worked prominently with Goodman, singer Tony Bennett and Vic Dickenson in his later years.
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