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Conte Candoli


Best-known because the trumpet section leader in Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band, Conte Candoli was an excellent all-around jazz stylist many at home within the worlds of bop and Western Coast awesome jazz. Younger by four years than his likewise accomplished trumpet-playing sibling Pete, Conte was created Secondo Candoli in Mishawaka, IN, on July 12, 1927. He 1st patterned himself after players like Harry Wayne, Roy Eldridge, and Dizzy Gillespie, later on discovering Kilometers Davis and Clifford Dark brown. His first work came at age group 16, when sibling Pete suggested him for any summer time gig with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd; after graduating senior high school, he became a member of full-time. He continued to try out with other rings, including Stan Kenton, whom he remaining in 1954 to create his own music group. After leading some documenting dates, he quickly found a far more comfy existence, shifting to LA and taking program jobs among gigs with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars. After about four years, he still left in 1960 to utilize drummer Shelly Manne, while he and Pete both appreciated top-dog status within the L.A. program community. In 1968, Candoli had taken a part-time gig using the Tonight Present Band and became a member of completely in 1972, once the present officially transferred to Burbank. Through the ’70s, he was also an associate of Supersax, among various other L.A. all-star clothes, and also continuing his regular collaborations along with his sibling. Candoli retired in the Tonight Present alongside Johnny Carson in 1992, and continuing to try out until a struggle with cancers slowed his actions. Candoli died within a convalescent house on Dec 14, 2001.

Quick Facts

Full Name Conte Candoli
Died December 14, 2001, Palm Desert, California, United States
Profession Actor, Trumpeter
Nationality American
Siblings Pete Candoli
Music Groups Supersax
Music Songs Comes Love, Pernod, Cheremoya, Pete's Alibi, I Can't Get Started, No Moon At All, Toots Sweet, Loverman, Marcia Lee, Grooving Higher, Jordu, Full Count, Mediolistic, My Old Flame, Mambo Blues, Just for Judie, Well You Needn't, Something for Liza, I Should Care, The Champ, Soft as Spring, Celedia, Lush Life, Whistle While You Work, Lullaby of the Leaves, Bye Bye Blues, Sweet Simon, On the Alamo, Fine And Dandy, Drumette, Secret Passion, I Dig Ed
Albums West Coast Wailers, Cool Gabriels, Modern Sounds From the West, Conte Candoli Quartet, Supersax Plays Bird, Little Band Big Jazz, Jazz Structures, Conte-Nuity, The Candoli Brothers (Digitally Remastered), Powerhouse Trumpet, Portrait of a Count, The Compositions Of Bobby Scott, Candoli Live (feat. Bernhard Pichl, Martin Zenker, Rick Hollander), Conversations: The Complete Quintet Recordings, Birdland Stars 1956, 100% Conte Candoli, Vol. 3, Toot Suite, Coast to Coast, 100% Conte Candoli, Vol. 2, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 2, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 7, Powerhouse Trumpet (Remastered 2015), Girls, Girls, Girls, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 8, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 9, 100% Conte Candoli, Vol. 4, 100% Conte Candoli, Vol. 5, 100% Conte Candoli, Vol. 1, The Five, Little Band Big Jazz - EP, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 1, Two Original Albums: There Is Nothing Like a Dame / West Coast Wailers, Candoli Live, Vol. 2 (feat. Bernhard Pichl, Martin Zenker, Rick Hollander), Jazz Stylist, Vol. 4, Fascinating Rhythm, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 6, Thinking Of You, Jazz Stylist, Vol. 3, Double or Nothin', The Brothers Candoli, Sincerely, Conti (Remastered 2014), Jazz & Limousines by Conte Candoli, Golden Hits By Conte Candoli, Jazz After Midnight (feat. Jazz After Midnight)
Movies Mulholland Drive

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1 Uncle of Tara Candoli and Carolyn Candoli.
2 Ex-brother-in-law of Vicky Lane, Betty Hutton and Edie Adams.
3 Daughter: Marcia Lee Candoli.
4 Inducted into the "International Jazz Hall of Fame" in 1997 with brother, Pete Candoli.
5 Younger brother of musician Pete Candoli.

Music Department

Music Department

This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 musician: trumpet
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1992 TV Series musician - 536 episodes
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1975 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Electra Glide in Blue 1973 musician: trumpet - uncredited
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary musician: trumpet - uncredited
Klute 1971 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Kelly's Heroes 1970 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Zig Zag 1970 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Bullitt 1968 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Not with My Wife, You Don't! 1966 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Once a Thief 1965 musician: trumpet - uncredited
Bachelor in Paradise 1961 musician: trumpet - uncredited



Mulholland Dr. 2001 Trumpet Player (as Conti Condoli)
Easy Street 1986 TV Series Buddy
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Bill Begley
Bell Book and Candle 1958 Musician - A Candoli Brother (uncredited)



Bird 1988 performer: "Moonlight Becames You"



The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself - Trombonist
Ad Lib 1981/I TV Series Himself

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