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Boyd Raeburn


Boyd Raeburn was under no circumstances a lot of a soloist, but his short-lived big rings within the mid-’40s included a few of the most advanced arrangements of that time period, particularly those of George Handy. Raeburn in fact began leading industrial orchestras within the 1930s, and it had been not really until 1944 that his music became highly relevant to jazz. That season, he previously a forward-looking golf swing music group that included at different moments such players as Benny Harris, the Johnny Hodges-influenced Johnny Bothwell, Serge Chaloff, Roy Eldridge, Trummy Little, and Handy on piano, playing preparations from George Williams, Eddie Finckel, and Handy. The group general was inspired by Count number Basie, however they had been also the first ever to record Dizzy Gillespie’s “Evening in Tunisia”; Dizzy also guested using the music group. By 1945, Raeburn’s music became a lot more radical with George Handy’s graphs (that have been sometimes inspired by modern traditional music) dominating the repertoire. Vocalists David Allyn and Ginnie Powell (Raeburn’s wife) cheerfully sang while all sorts of dissonant occasions occurred in it. Though it was a continuous struggle to keep carefully the orchestra jointly, Raeburn’s music group actually grew in proportions during 1946, with reed players doubling on woodwinds as well as the addition of French horns along with a harp. Such players as Lucky Thompson, Dodo Marmarosa, Ray Linn, and Pal DeFranco had been at who handed through the music group. Johnny Richards was the main element arranger in 1947, but by the finish of the entire year the music group was no more documenting and Raeburn shortly returned to executing dance music. His pleasurable Columbia information of 1956-1957 are of small curiosity, but Boyd Raeburn’s previously rings are symbolized on periods for Musicraft and Savoy, radio transcriptions released by Group, and broadcasts released by IAJRC and Hep.

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Full Name Boyd Raeburn
Died August 2, 1966, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Nationality American
Children Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Susan Boyd Raeburn, William Boyd Raeburn Moore
Siblings Merla McKinney
Music Songs Boyd Meets Stravinsky, Dalvatore Sally, Blue Echoes, Forgetful, Tonsillectomy, Man With A Horn, Temptation, I Only Have Eyes for You, Yerxa, Love Tales, Little Boyd Blue, How High The Moon, Memphis in June, Duck Waddle, Two Spoos in an Igloo, St. Louis Blues, Wait Till You See Her, Over the Rainbow, Yesterdays, I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me, Body and Soul, April Showers, Rip Van Winkle, There's No You, Interlude, Soft And Warm, Prelude To The Dawn, Tush, Sweet Sue / Just You, Hey, Look, I'm Dancing, Street Of Dreams, The Eagle Flies
Albums Man With The Horns, Body and Soul, Teen Rock, Tonsilectomy, Rare 1944-46 Broadcast Performances, Jewells, Experiments In Big Band Jazz, Forgetful, Memphis In June, Big Band Jazz Greats, Vol. 8, The One and Only: Boyd Raeburn, Boyd Blue, Jazz Legends: Boyd Raeburn, Raeburn's Theme, Echoes, Boyd Meets Stravinsky, The Great, Famous Jazz Instrumentalists, Magic Is the Moonlight, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Boyd Raeburn, Dalvatore Sally, Experiments in Big Band Jazz - 1945
Movies Big Band: Artie Shaw & Duke Ellington

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1 Suffered a setback in 1944, when most of the band's instruments and library were destroyed in a fire at New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park.
2 Was considered a 'progressive' leader whose innovative, but non-danceable music was appreciated by the critics but less so by the public.
3 His band had three themes: "Man with a Horn", "Raeburn's Theme" and "Over the Rainbow".
4 Eventually left the music industry to pursue business interests in New York and the Bahamas.
5 Attended the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band.
6 Began his career as a band leader at a restaurant during the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. For the remainder of the decade, he led a society dance band. In the 1940s, he re-organized his outfit, first playing swing (1940-1944), then more innovative jazz (1944-1950). Top musicians in the band included Dizzy Gillespie, Trummy Young, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Berman, Al Cohn, Dodo Marmarosa, Ralph Flanagan, Don Lamond and Johnny Mandel.
7 Father, with Ginny Powell, of Bruce Boyd Raeburn.



Columbia Thrills of Music: Boyd Raeburn and His Orchestra 1947 Short Himself, Orchestra Leader

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Louis Prima: The Wildest! 1999 Documentary Himself

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