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Buddy DeFranco

Japan – 1991

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Clarinet player Boniface Ferdinand Leonard “Buddy” DeFranco was born February 17, 1923 in Camden, New Jersey.

Raised in Philadelphia, DeFranco started playing the clarinet when he was 9 years old, and at age 14 he won a national swing contest.

DeFranco recorded dozens of albums as a leader,and collaborated with Billie Holliday, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Art Tatum and others.

Beginning his professional career just as swing was starting to fade in popularity Buddy DeFranco was among few to clarinetist to successfully adjust to bebop.

He would later play in Benny Goodman’s band along with vibraphonist Terry Gibbs.

Recorded in 1991 at Cliff Side in Yokohama, Japan.


Buddy DeFranco, clarinet
Terry Gibbs, vibraphone
Herb Ellis, guitar
Larry Novak, piano
Milton Hinton, bass
Butch Miles, drums

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