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Carl Barriteau

b. 7 Feb 1914, Trinidad, Western Indies, d. 24 August 1998, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Elevated in Venezuela, Barriteau discovered music within the Belmont Orphanage Music group as well as the Trinidad Constabulary Music group, becoming efficient on clarinet and alto saxophone. He found prominence in Britain as primary soloist and musical movie director for Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, for whom he organized ‘Specifically Like You’ (1938) and soloed on ‘Tuxedo Junction’ (1940). In 1941, he led 1 of 2 contingents on the Initial English Community Jam Program, where two extremely influential couplings had been documented for HMV Information. Following the loss of life of Johnson within an surroundings raid in the Café de Paris Barriteau, who was simply harmed but survived, led the music group for the broadcast and live schedules, while continuing to execute being a soloist and in the reed portion of significant big bands such as for example those led by Ambrose, Geraldo, Joe Reduction, Lew Rock and Eric Winstone. Finally he produced his own music group so that they can recreate Johnson’s achievement but, with insufficient financial support, was frequently compelled to depend on pick-up workers. For some time he preserved an all-white big music group, with them documented ‘Ol’ Guy Mose’ (1944), ‘A Sultan WOULD GO TO Harlem’ (1945) and, with Artie Shaw’s particular authorization, his virtuoso ‘Concerto For Clarinet’. A fluent soloist on his initial instrument in addition to a warm saxophonist within the Johnny Hodges mould, Barriteau topped the Melody Machine clarinet poll for seven consecutive years from 1937 onwards. Through the 60s he transferred to Germany, and lastly resolved in Australia along with his vocalist wife Mae Cooper in 1970.

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