Personalities | Sy Oliver | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Trumpet, vocals, arranger, composer, 1910–88)

Sy (Melvin James) Oliver was one of the finest of all big-band arrangers, and a capable instrumentalist and singer as well. His major associations included the bands of Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and he also led his own bands at various times, from the mid-1940s into the 1980s. He worked as music director and arranger for several record companies, as well as filling that role for the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra in the mid-1970s.

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


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