Personalities | Buddy DeFranco | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Clarinet, b. 1923)

Buddy DeFranco (Boniface Ferdinand Leonardo) became the leading clarinet player of the post-swing era. His liquid sonority and flowing improvisations drew on elements from both swing and bebop, but without settling fully in either camp. He served a big-band apprenticeship with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and Tommy Dorsey in the mid-1940s, but is best known for his work in smaller groups with vibist Terry Gibbs, bands led by George Shearing and Count Basie, and for leading his own groups.

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


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