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Bill Stegmeyer

Although he was hardly ever that famous, Bill Stegmeyer was an excellent clarinetist who excelled in trad settings without stealing the spotlight; he was also a talented (if underrated) arranger. Stegmeyer examined at Transylvania University (1934-36). He found early experience organizing for Austin Wylie in 1937 and performed clarinet and …

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Slim Gaillard

One of the most eccentric vocalists ever going to the jazz picture, Slim Gaillard became a legendary cult body because of his own privately invented jive dialect “vout,” a deviation on hipster slang made up of imaginary nonsense words and phrases (“oreenie” and “oroonie” getting two other illustrations). Gaillard’s comic …

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