Buddy DeFranco…Jazz Clarinet
Buddy DeFranco has been touted as the #1 Jazz Clarinetist. Today is his birthday and was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1923. He’s a product of the Swing band era, having played with the likes of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman who were Clarinetist who were fading in popularity. DeFranco successfully continued to play clarinet exclusively, and successfully adapting to change and was one of the few bebop clarinetist.
In 1950, DeFranco spent a year with the famous Count Basie Septet. In the early 1950s his small combo included jazz modernist Sonny Clark on the piano and guitarist Tal Farlow. He was bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974. He’s also performed with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson among many others, as a leader DeFranco has released many albums. Discography
Here is a video tribute to one of the most exciting Clarinetist in the history of Jazz.