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    Blues - Barney Bigard 1968

    bob erwig

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    Blues – Barney Bigard 1968
    Barney Bigard, (1906-1980) was a famous American jazz clarinetist .Bigard was born in New Orleans and studied music and clarinet with Lorenzo Tio. He moved to Chicago in the early 1920s, where he worked with "King" Joe Oliver and others. In 1927 he joined Duke Ellington's band in New York, where he stayed until 1942. With Ellington, he was the featured clarinet soloist, while also doing some section work on tenor. After leaving Ellington, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He began working with trombonist Kid Ory's band during the late 1940s, and later worked with Louis Armstrong's touring band, the All Stars, He is credited as composer or co-composer on several numbers, notably the Ellington standard Mood Indigo.
    We see Barney here in a club session in 1968 together with pianist Art Hodes.
    Art plays a relaxing blues and is joined in the last few chorusses by Barney.
    The other members of this group are Rails Wilson on bass and Bob Cousins on drums.