1943 AMERICAN JAZZ AUTOGRAPH BOOK DORIS DAY LES BROWN BOYD RAEBURN 21 AUTOGRAPHS

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1943 AMERICAN JAZZ

AUTOGRAPH BOOK

DORIS DAY - LES BROWN - BOYD RAEBURN

FRANK COMSTOCK - DICK NOEL - GORDON DRAKE - ERNIE ENGLAND & MORE

21 AUTOGRAPHS

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MAJORITY OF AUTOGRAPHS

ARE FROM BOYD RAEBURNS BAND MEMBERS

Albert Boyd Raeburn (October 27, 1913 – August 2, 1966) 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. To modern ears his music sounds completely acceptable, not much more difficult to comprehend than the music of such better known leaders as Stan Kenton or Dizzy Gillespie, but without the support of a major record label or radio sponsor his band floundered for years, often going bankrupt only to reappear a few months later with new personnel.

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. 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. The band was a big hit in Chicago but when he decided to tour after nine months, most of the Chicago-based musicians refused to go with him. Raeburn was forced to build a new band to open at the Roosevelt Hotel in Washington, D.C., and was lucky enough to find such outstanding musicians as trumpeters Emmett Carls, Sonny Dunham, Marky Markowitz and Sonny Berman, trombonists Earl Swope and Tommy Pederson (who later played with Spike Jones’ City Slickers), alto saxist Johnny Bothwell, and drummer Don Lamond. Raeburn was also lucky to find an outstanding new arranger, Eddie Finckel, who wrote a sizable new book for the band. Among Finckel’s arrangements were “March of the Boyds,” “Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet,” “Little Boyd Blue,” “Boyd Meets Stravinsky,” and an outstanding chart of Dizzy Gillespie’s first major composition, “A Night in Tunisia.”

Raeburn’s band made a big critical splash in New York. Billy Eckstine, whose own bebop big band also suffered from the recording ban, was ecstatic about it, helping Raeburn play a week at the all-black Apollo Theater. Eckstine exhorted the audience to pay attention to what the band was playing. During one of their New York gigs at the Commodore Hotel, their late-night broadcast was heard by trumpeter Roy Eldridge who rushed down and sat in night after night, for free, until the band’s manager simply hired him. (He stayed for two months.) But bad luck dogged Raeburn throughout his career. 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. 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. These records were later sold to, and reissued by, Albert Marx’s Musicraft label. Source: Wikipedia

AUTOGRAPHS LISTED BY PAGE:

DICK SHANAHAN - PAGE 1

GORDON DRAKE - PAGE 2

DICK NOEL (TROMBONE) - PAGE 3

Richard Noel is a very famous TROMBONE PLAYER who is mentioned numerous times online for various orchestras or sessions he's played for such as the August 8, 1957 session for Nat King Cole (Session #6184; 14:30-17:30) Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood California. Nat Cole (vocal) Nelson Riddle (arranger/conductor) John Collins (guitar) Charles P. Harris (bass) Lee Young (drums) James G. 'Jimmy' Rowles (piano) William M. 'Buddy' Collette (saxophone) Brian Farnon (saxophone) Bob Lawson (saxophone) Ed Robinson (saxophone) Edward Kuczborski 'Ed' Kusby (tr...