Sunday, June 28, 2009

It would seem that trumpeter Pete Candoli born june 28th 1923, had been biding his time in the wings of many years. While Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, have long enjoyed broad public recognition; Pete finally attained the level of popular acceptance that the quality of his talents as a jazz trumpeter deserves.
Within the Music World Pete Candoli was regarded as one of the most precise and eloquent interpreters of jazz. He and his trumpet playing brother Conte have what amounts to a cult following among aficionados.
A trumpet player of major importance, Pete's association with top bands reads like a “Who's Who” of jazz. He has been featured with Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Count Basie, Freddy Slack, Charlie Barnet, etc... in fact, he has played with over 27 of the top named bands.
Although Pete Candoli was best known for the jazz trumpet, his musical background and experience is as varied as it can be. He is equally expert with classical music and pop. He conducted music seminars and concerts at some (30) universities and colleges when he is not playing a jazz festival, concert, or nightclub somewhere. Altogether he worked over (5000) record dates.
He composed and arranged music and conducted for Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee among others. Having played first trumpet for Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto” written for the Woody Herman Orchestra. Pete received much acclaim for his versatility as a solo trumpeter.
Pete Candoli won awards as outstanding trumpet player from Downbeat and Metronome Magazines, the 20 most prestigious publications in the music business. Pete also won the Esquire Magazine and the Look Magazine Awards as one of the (7) all-time outstanding jazz trumpet players. The (6) were Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbeck, Harry James, Bunny Berigan, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hackert, there is more.
Pete began playing lead and jazz for Sonny Dunham’s Orchestra in 1941, followed by a long string of other name bands including Woody Herman’s famed “First Herd.” Pete settled into the studio scene in the 50’s after tenures with Herman, Tex Beneke, Jerry Gray and Stan Kenton among others. He and Conte also co-led a band (1957-62).
As a preeminent lead trumpeter, Pete played for the Orchestras of Alex Stordahl, Gordon Jenkins, Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Michel LeGrand, Henry Mancini, as well as Frank Sinatra.

Pete Candoli died in January 2008.

Click to enjoy Pete playing his music together with Al Hirt, Don Ellis and Dizzy Gillespie..

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