Archive for the ‘40’s Bands’ Category

Dave Brubeck


Brubeck, October 8, 1954
Background information
Birth name David Warren Brubeck
Born December 6, 1920
Concord, California, U.S.
Died December 5, 2012 (aged 91)
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz, cool jazz, West Coast jazz, third stream
Occupations Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments Piano
Years active 1940s–2012
Labels Columbia, Legacy, Sony, Concord, A&M, Atlantic
Associated acts Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, Joe Morello, Gerry Mulligan
David Warren “Dave” Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”. Brubeck’s style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s best remembered piece, “Take Five”,  which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording “Pick Up Sticks” in 6/4, “Unsquare Dance” in 7/4, “World’s Fair” in 13/4, and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated miniseries This Is America, Charlie Brown.

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The Cadets (Group)


The Cadets
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Doo-wop, R&B
Labels Modern
The Cadets were an American doo-wop group, formed in Los Angeles. The group began as a gospel group, the Santa Monica Soul Seekers, in the late 1940s. The members were Lloyd McCraw, Willie Davis, Austin “Ted” Taylor, Aaron Collins, Glendon Kingsby, and Will “Dub” Jones. In 1955, the group auditioned for Modern Records, and were accepted. The group decided to switch to the popular R&B style, with the exception of Kingsby, who left to continue in gospel music.

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Henry Mancini

Enrico Nicola Mancini
Born April 16, 1924
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died June 14, 1994 (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores, easy listening, jazz
Occupations Composer, arranger, conductor
Instruments Piano, flute, piccolo
Years active 1946–1994
Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) was an Italian-American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

His best known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series (“The Pink Panther Theme”) and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. The Peter Gunn theme won the first Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Mancini also had a long collaboration on film scores with the film director Blake Edwards.

Spike Jones


Born Lindley Armstrong Jones
December 14, 1911
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died May 1, 1965 (aged 53)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Musician
Years active 1937–1964
Patricia Jones ?-?
Helen Grayco (m. 1949; his death 1965)
Lindley Armstrong “Spike” Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells, and outlandish vocals. From the early 1940s to the mid 1950s, his band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue.

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