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Irving Fazola


An excellent clarinetist, particularly skilled at counterpoint and using the blues, Irving Fazola begun to research C melody sax and clarinet at 13, and performed in New Orleans with Chocolate Candido, Louis Prima, Sharkey Bonano, and Armand Hug before joining Ben Pollack in 1935. He proceeded to go north with Pollack’s orchestra in 1936. Through the past due ’30s and in to the ’40s, Fazola came back regularly to New Orleans, while using several big bands going up by famous brands Augie Schellang, Gus Arnheim, Glenn Miller, Pollack, Bob Crosby, Jimmy McPartland, Tony Almerico, Claude Thornhill, Muggsy Spanier, Teddy Powell, and Horace Heidt. He resettled in New Orleans after 1943 because of illness, and used various small groupings in addition to reuniting with Almerico and both Leon and Louis Prima.

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Full Name Irving Fazola
Died March 20, 1949, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Nationality American
Music Songs Mostly Faz, Clarinet Blues, Breeze, Song of the Islands, Pagan Love Song, Jazz Me Blues, Someday Sweetheart, Down by the Old Mill Stream, Alice Blue Gown, Jimtown Blues, Tin Roof Blues, Hesitating Blues, Deep Elm, My Inspiration, Bluein' The Blues, Spreadin' the Knowledge Around, Shivery Stomp, Where or When, Farewell Blues, Humoresque, I'm One Step Ahead of My Shadow, Can't We Be Friends?, I Know That You Know, Wabash Blues, Bees Knees, Isle of Capri, Am I Blue, Somebody Stole My Gal, In a Sentimental Mood, When Your Lover Has Gone, With You, Anywhere You Are, Ostrich Walk
Albums Introducing Irving Fazola, Rarest Recordings of Irving Fazola, Am I Blue, Best of Fazola, Mostly Faz, 1936 - 1946

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1 Members have included Teddy Powell, Dick Mains (trumpet).



Jam Session 1944 Teddy Powell Orchestra



Jam Session 1944 performer: "'Murder,' He Says"

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