Boyd Raeburn

American musician Boyd Raeburn

Albert Boyd Raeburn was an American jazz bandleader and bass saxophonist. Boyd Raeburn was born in Faith, South Dakota, and became one of the greatest and least-known of jazz bandleaders during the 1940s.
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Jazz Journal, September 2011 contents in full - Jazz Journal
Google News - over 6 years
Eddie Finckel Jim Burns recalls an often overlooked arranger whose writings for Boyd Raeburn, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and others sought to introduce the colours of bop and 20th century art music into the swing big band format
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MUSIC; A Flood Of Emotion In a Song
NYTimes - almost 10 years
IN the nearly three years since the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, you haven't had to wait very long at a Louisiana festival or nightclub before a singer croons, ''What has happened down here is the winds have changed.'' That's the opening line of ''Louisiana 1927,'' which has become the state's unofficial anthem in the wake of the 2005
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Music Landmark Caught in Tug of Priorities After Storm
NYTimes - almost 12 years
The doors of the deserted Milne Boys Home flap open in the wind, and anyone who cares to brave the dank interior here in the heart of the drowned Gentilly neighborhood can find crumbling logbooks noting who visited in the early 1900's and yellowing sheet music in the attic. A bronze plaque on the weather-beaten facade announces that Milne is ''A
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Don Lamond, 82, a Drummer In Many Classic Jazz Bands
NYTimes - about 14 years
Don Lamond, a swing band drummer who was a standout with Woody Herman in the late 1940's, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 82 and lived in Orlando. The cause was a malignant brain tumor, said his wife, Terry Lamond, who sang and recorded with his band in the 1980's. Mr. Lamond joined Herman's Herd in 1945, replacing Dave Tough.
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Edwin Finckel, 83, Composer, Jazz Pianist and Music Educator
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Edwin Finckel, a composer, jazz pianist, conductor and musical educator, died on Monday in Madison, N.J. He was 83 and lived in Madison. Traversing musical genres, Mr. Finckel wrote more than 200 pieces for a variety of ensembles, including orchestral works, concertos, ballets, choral and vocal music, and incidental music for the stage and screen.
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Lou Levy, 72, Versatile Pianist For Top Singers in Jazz World
NYTimes - about 17 years
Lou Levy, a West Coast jazz pianist best known as an accompanist to leading jazz singers, died on Jan. 23 at the home of a friend, the musician Max Bennett, in Dana Point, Calif. He was 72 and lived in North Hollywood. The cause was a heart attack, said Kathy Levy, his former wife. Mr. Levy, a melodic player with the speed to play bebop with the
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NYTimes - about 17 years
To the Editor: As Bob Dylan once wrote, ''Don't criticize what you can't understand.'' Instead of writing an article extolling the many real joys of ''western swing,'' David Wondrich makes a misguided attempt to instruct long-deceased jazz masters on how they might have improved their music [''When Hillbilly and Jazz Found Common Cause,'' Nov. 19].
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MUSIC; When Hillbilly and Jazz Found Common Cause
NYTimes - over 17 years
HILLBILLY and jazz go together in the popular mind about as well as honest and politician. Yet such a beast existed, and in its heyday it could have taught less-unlikely genres of jazz a thing or two, had they cared to listen. Now, with a spate of new reissues finally pinning hillbilly jazz down so we can get to listen to it, it's possible that we,
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Dennis Sandole, Jazz Guitarist And an Influential Teacher, 87
NYTimes - over 17 years
Dennis Sandole, a jazz guitarist and legendary teacher whose students included John Coltrane, died on Saturday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 87. Mr. Sandole was 19 when he taught himself to play the guitar; his older brother, Adolph, taught himself the baritone saxophone. They began playing together in a neighborhood band in Philadelphia, and
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Paid Notice: Deaths DUBOIS, JOHN
NYTimes - about 18 years
DuBOIS-John. John ''The Cajun Balladeer DuBois'', a singer who will be posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, died January 8, 2000 from a stroke at his home in the French Quarter. He was 74. Mr. DuBois was born in Vermillion Parish and lived for many years on the East Coast. He returned to Louisiana in the early 1980s where he
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Boyd Raeburn
  • 1966
    Age 52
    Raeburn died in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1966.
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  • 1947
    Age 33
    The Raeburn band made their last records, four sides featuring vocalist Ginny Powell (who had become Mrs. Raeburn in 1945), for Nesuhi Ertegun’s fledgling Atlantic label in August, 1947.
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  • 1945
    Age 31
    Between October 1945 and November 1946 he recorded his best discs (in terms of both performance and sound quality) for drummer Ben Pollack’s tiny Jewel label.
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    Nevertheless, Raeburn did record 12 sides for the small Guild label in 1945, including performances of “March of the Boyds” and “A Night in Tunisia” on which trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie sat in.
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    Finckel left in 1945 to become chief arranger for Gene Krupa’s big band, Sonny Berman and Earl Swope jumped to the high-profile band of Woody Herman, and then as later, no major label wanted to record him because his arrangements were considered “too weird” for dancers.
  • 1942
    Age 28
    The “new” Raeburn band debuted at the Arcadia Ballroom in November 1942 with arrangements by two African-American writers from Earl Hines’ band, Budd Johnson and Jerry Valentine.
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    Like the contemporaneous band of clarinetist Woody Herman, the Raeburn orchestra evolved from its simpler, more commercial beginnings to far more advanced and complex charts during the union-imposed recording ban that took effect in October 1942 and lasted about a year and a half.
  • 1930
    Age 16
    His living family includes Merla McKinney of Kansas, his half-sister and his children William Boyd Raeburn Moore of Chicago, a son from his first marriage to Lorraine V. Anderson, a vocalist in his band in the 1930/early 40s; Susan, a therapist and author of Oakland, California; and Bruce Boyd Raeburn of New Orleans, who is the curator of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz at the Tulane University in New Orleans.
  • 1913
    Born in 1913.
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