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Jack Lesberg


A premier bassist from the postwar era, Jack port Lesberg’s rock-solid and versatile performing supported a who’s-who of jazz giants including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Billie Vacation. Furthermore, he offered an extended tenure with the brand new York Town Symphony Orchestra under conductor Leonard Bernstein. Created in Boston on ROMANTIC DAYS CELEBRATION, 1920, Lesberg 1st researched violin and gained notoriety within the Beantown golf club scene. He shifted permanently to dual bass in the past due 1930s and got with Muggsy Spanier’s music group in 1940. After making it through the November 28, 1942 nightclub open fire that wiped out 492 customers at Boston’s Coconut Grove, Lesberg relocated to NY in 1943 and employed on with Eddie Condon the next yr. In 1945, he started a three-year stint under Bernstein, concurrently learning under dual bass expert Fred Zimmerman and playing on record with everyone from Coleman Hawkins to Sarah Vaughan (her 1st studio date, believe it or not). In this occupied period, Lesberg also started using Louis Armstrong, a cooperation inaugurated in 1947 and resumed frequently within the years to check out. After parting methods with Bernstein, Lesberg supported Sidney Bechet, Tommy Dorsey, Kai Winding and Jimmy McPartland. In 1956, he toured Australia, Britain and Africa behind Armstrong and the next year he backed Jack port Teagarden and Earl Hines throughout their trek across European countries. After spending the past due 1950s support Billy Butterfield, Lesberg spent a lot of the first 1960s abroad, touring European countries with Georgie Auld and Doc Severinsen in 1962. A Pacific jaunt with Condon adopted in 1964 as do a 1965 Icelandic tour with Armstrong. Gigs with Urbie Green, Bobby Hackett and Joe Venuti preceded Lesberg’s 1970 decision to relocate to Australia, where he spent four years using the Sydney Symphony. Upon coming back stateside, Lesberg documented for Famous Door in 1977. He toured European countries several more instances through the 1980s using the Tribute to Louis Armstrong group and offered in 1986 with Goodman’s last music group, but his speed slowed within the years to check out. After a very long bout with Alzheimer’s disease, Lesberg passed away in a convalescent house in Englewood, NJ on Sept 17, 2005.

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Full Name Jack Lesberg
Died September 17, 2005, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Profession Musician
Music Songs Someday You'll Be Sorry, Stealin' Apples, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Swing That Music, 'Deed I Do, Am I Blue, Basin Street Blues, Mood Indigo, If I Had You, Rose Room, The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Moonglow, Rockin' Chair, Goodnight, When The Saints Go Marching In, Seven Come Eleven, Surender Blues, Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, The Man I Love, Royal Garden Blues, Back Home In Indiana, Bud's Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, I Am Confessin', Muskrat Ramble, Summertime, Georgia On My Mind, Sheik Of Araby, All Of Me, He Is Funny That Way, Mandy / I Love a Piano / Soft Lights and Sweet Music / I Know That You Know / I Want a Little Girl / The Man I Love
Albums Tribute To Louis Armstrong, No Amps Allowed, Tribute to Benny Goodman

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1 Veteran double-bass player with Eddie Condon, Mugspy Spanier, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and others, and also Sarah Vaughan's accompanist on her first record.
2 Survived the 1942 Cocoanut Grove night club fire in Boston, Massachusetts that killed 492 people.
3 Classical and jazz bassist who played with such luminaries as Eddie Condon, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Billie Holiday, Tommy Dorsey, Sarah Vaughan, and Louis Armstrong, among others.
4 Survived the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire that killed over 490 people in 1942.
5 Survivor of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, which killed 492 people in Boston in 1942.

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Everyone Says I Love You 1996 musician: string bass
Silent Movie 1976 musician: bass - uncredited
Funny Girl 1968 musician: bass - uncredited



Swing Into Spring! 1959 TV Movie Himself
Satchmo the Great 1957 Documentary Himself - Jack Lesberg
Floor Show 1949 TV Series Himself

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