Pete Candoli

Born Jun 28, 1923

Pete Candoli was an American swing and West Coast jazz trumpeter. He played with the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and many others, and worked extensively in the studios of the recording and television industries. He was born in Mishawaka, Indiana.… Read More

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  • Edie Adams, Actress And Singer (And Flirt With A Cigar), Dies At 81
    NYTimes - Oct 16, 2008
  • Pete Candoli, 84, Trumpeter And Studio Musician
    NYTimes - Jan 23, 2008
  • Betty Hutton, Bombshell Movie Musical Star, Dies At 86
    NYTimes - Mar 14, 2007
  • Jazz Review; In Search Of The Various Woody Hermans
    NYTimes - Apr 15, 2002


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Pete Candoli.


1923 Birth Born on June 28, 1923.


1940 17 Years Old He quickly found a spot as lead trumpeter, and by 1940 had become a part of Sonny Dunham's band.
1941 18 Years Old In 1941 he left the band to replace Ziggy Elman of the Tommy Dorsey band. … Read More


1944 21 Years Old In 1944 Candoli joined the Teddy Powell band.
1945 22 Years Old After 1945, Candoli worked with several bands including notably that of Stan Kenton. … Read More
1952 29 Years Old He made a guest appearance on a 1952 episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, during which Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky all sang in a vocal quartet.


1980 57 Years Old …  In 1980, the trumpeter Jack Sheldon said, "I get a lot of my work playing at Pete Candoli's weddings. … Read More


1997 74 Years Old He was inducted into The International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.
2001 78 Years Old Conte Candoli died of the disease in 2001. … Read More
2003 80 Years Old He was inducted into the "Big Band Hall of Fame" in 2003. … Read More
2008 85 Years Old Both brothers were diagnosed with prostate cancer in later life. Pete Candoli died of complications from prostate cancer on January 11, 2008, at the age of 84.
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