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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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