Jazz Birthdays: Boyd Raeburn (1913) and George Wallington (1924)

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Boyd Raeburn led orchestras during the 1940s that housed the most innovative arrangers of the period and attracted fine musicians. He did not achieve great commercial success, however, and today his name is less well known than other big band leaders. Examples of his bands in action are “Interlude“, “Dalvatore Sally“, and “Two Spoos in an Igloo“.

George Wallington was an accomplished pianist and composer in the bop period and after. He plays two boppish tunes here in a trio setting and several ballads here.

2:46 am on October 27, 2012