Just out of grade school, Matt picked up the tenor sax at the age of twelve and became a standard fixture in his middle school and high school jazz bands. But the sax wasn’t his only instrument: he soon found he had a talent for using his voice.
Jerry Gray (July 3, 1915–August 10, 1976) was an arranger, composer, and conductor who is best known for his work with popular music during the Swing Era. His name is inextricably linked to two of the most famous bandleaders of the time, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller.
'Tex Beneke 'was born Gordon Lee Beneke on 12th February 1914, in Fort Worth Texas. Had a long caree r as a singer, saxophonist and band leader, working with greats such as Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini and singer Eydie Gorme. Full details of his life and career can be gained via Wikipedia, newspapers and other sources.
The retro-swing unit Indigo Swing were formed in San Francisco around the sextet of vocalist Johnny Boyd, guitarist Josh Workman, bassist Vance Ehlers, drummer "Big Jim" Overton, pianist William Beatty and saxophone player Baron Shul. After kick-starting northern California's new school of swing, the group began touring around America and signed to Time Bomb Recordings in 1997.
At the end of 1939, Frank Sinatra left the Harry James Orchestra to join the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, where he rose to fame as a ballad singer. His first and biggest hit with the band was 1940s "I'll Never Smile Again," which spent several weeks at number one - and was the first "number one" - on Billboard magazine's then-new chart of America's top-selling records.