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Georgie Auld
Georgie Auld an underated tenor man and one of the greats in Jazz history
Georgie Auld
Underrated Tenor Sax Man With A Warm Robust Tone
A member of Artie Shaw's legendary 1938 band and
participant on many of Goodman's sextet sides
Georgie Auld
Auld, Georgie (John Altwerger)
tenor, alto, soprano saxes, leader
Born; Tornonto, Ontario, Canada 5-19-19
Died; 1-8-1990
Jazz Radio Audio
The live feed of our Tuesday jazz music radio show streaming online at 4:00 PM Pacific with a focus on the history of jazz music and jazz music that swings from the 1930s to today.

Our Jazz Radio Show Info Page
The sordid history of our jazz music radio show, est. 1985. Lends credence to the theory that FCC radio deregulation survival may be linked to narcissistically twisted disorders.

History Of Jazz Part 1
Early hot jazz bands, the hotel dance bands and the history of jazz music leading up to the Big Band era.

History Of Jazz Part II
The role of economics, early recording technology, and radio relative to jazz history and the Big Band era.

The Recording Ban Of 1942
Scans of a 1942 Down Beat magazine article detailing a dramatic event in jazz history during the Big Band era; the James Petrillo / AFM recording ban.

Webb Cuts Basie At The Savoy
Another of the many jazz magazine articles on the site detailing big events in jazz history. This piece recounts the Count Basie vs. Chick Webb big band music Battle Of Swing held at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in January of 1938.

Georgie Auld’s saxophone shows up on some of the greatest sides of the Big Band Era. Be it small group settings or in the backdrop of a big band, Auld could adapt his expressive style to a wide variety of moods and contexts.

Georgie switched from alto to tenor in 1935 after hearing a Coleman Hawkins recording. He became a member of Bunny Berigan's orchestra in 1937 and remained with Berigan until early December of 1938. Later that same month Auld joined Artie Shaw's orchestra and began a grueling schedule of record dates and engagements at the most popular hotels and ballrooms in the country. This band was at the top of its game, broadcasting often from the Cafe' Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania and The Blue Room of the Hotel Lincoln in New York as well as the Summer Terrace Room of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston. It was also heard regularly on the Old Gold "Melody And Madness" radio show. Auld eventually led the band for nearly three months after the moody Artie Shaw took one of his sojourns away from the music business. In January of 1940 the song Juke Box Jump was recorded by the former Artie Shaw band now under the leadership of Auld. A great uptempo jam and a four star flag waver, one is left to wonder what other gems this group could have turned out had Georgie Auld the wherewithall to front a big band continuously.

Georgie Auld was with Jan Savitt briefly in 1940. What grabbed the attention of jazz buffs that same year was his participation on several sessions with a cast of all-stars who backed Billie Holiday in September and October. In November he joined Benny Goodman's aggregation remaining with him for about a year. Goodman immediately used Auld as part of the Benny Goodman Sextet as on November 7th the group waxed the tune Wholly Cats. Along with Charlie Christian, Cootie Williams, and on occasion Count Basie on piano, this group created some of the most brilliant and exciting small group jazz sides to come out of the big band era. After departing Goodman, Auld joined yet another band led by Artie Shaw from 1941 to 1942. After a stint in the Army in '43, he formed his own big band leading it from 1944-6.

This Georgie Auld Orchestra recorded some interesting sides that at times used elements of bebop but for the most part still retained a melodic flowing rhythm. In 1946 doctors discovered that Auld had tuberculosis. He was only semi active for a few years, until his health recovered, but in 1948 formed a 10-piece band, his style having changed to that of the more modern bebop style players. Later that year, he disbanded and opened his own club in New York called The Troubadour on 52nd Street and appeared in the Broadway show The Rat Race. In 1950 he briefly worked with Count Basie's sextet.

In 1951 Auld moved back to California because of health issues and while living in Hollywood in 1954 opened another night club called the Melody Room. In 1955 and '56 he once again had his own big band, this a 20-piece group that featured Jimmie Lunceford style arrangements written by Billy May. In 1958 he returned to New York City to do studio work and record, making numerous appearances on Art Ford’s TV “Jazz Party”.

Several of the Auld releases of the late 1950s and early 1960s are noteworthy, especially the 1959 Georgie Auld Septet release Good Enough To Keep. On this album Auld revisited, with his own group, twelve recordings he previously cut with the Goodman Sextet. A Smooth One, Airmail Special and Rose Room are all great performances with Larry Bunker handling vibes; midway through Rose Room the band subtly breaks into Ellington's In A Mellotone without missing a lick on this medium tempo groover.

Georgie Auld has had releases under his own name on Emarcy, Savoy, Coral, Brunswick, Capitol, Alladin, Roost and Grammy Award. He can be heard on releases with Goodman, Shaw, Basie, Billie Holiday, Barney Kessel, Dinah Washington, Anita O' Day, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy DeFranco.

A new double CD release from Fresh Sound Records in Spain features four Auld Septet and Quintet albums from the late 50s and early 60s. This CD, called Airmail Special, is highly recommended listening for those interested in this very underrated saxophone giant's later career.

Ray Charles Biography
Known as "The Genius" Ray Charles recorded a wide variety of music but got his start playing big band music and jazz. He passed away 6-10-04.

Barney Kessel Biography
The jazz guitar great died May 6th, 2004 and left behind a vast body of recorded jazz work.

Benny Carter Biography
Benny Carter was one of the greatest arrangers and jazz musicians the genre has ever known. This extensive biography spans the entire lengthy carreer of the jazz legend.

Billy May Biography
The trumpeter, bandleader, composer and arranger died Jan. 22, 2004. May wrote many Swing Era classics for Glenn Miller and Charlie Barnet and later for Sinatra and Nat Cole.

Count Basie Biography
Our biography of Count Basie traces the career of "the kid from Red Bank" through Kansas City and into the later stages of his life as a bandleader.

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