Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco

Birth
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Death 24 Dec 2014 (aged 91)
Panama City, Bay County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 140484379 · View Source
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Musician. Born Boniface Ferdinand Leonard DeFranco, he was a jazz clarinetist noted for bringing the clarinet into the rarefied realm of bebop music. He began his professional career in the 1940s, performing in swing bands with the likes of Benny Goodman, Johnny "Scat" Davis, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson. His musically finesse was also experienced on recording with Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and practically everyone else of his era. In the 1950s, he formed his own quartet with drummer Art Blakey, pianist Kenny Drew and bassist Eugene Wright, which recorded for the Venue and MGM labels, plus played at jazz festivals and toured Europe. As band leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra (1966-74), he performed under the name, "The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Directed by Buddy DeFranco". He also appeared on the Steve Allen Show, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Pat Sajak Show, Johnny Carson Tonight Show and had his own TV show, "The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Forum". He has won twenty Downbeat Magazine Awards, nine Metronome Magazine Awards, sixteen Playboy All-Stars Awards and the country's most prestigious jazz honor, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship, in 2006.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 26 Dec 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 140484379
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Buddy DeFranco (15 Feb 1923–24 Dec 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 140484379, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.