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    Hal Kemp & His Orchestra - My Lucky Star

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    Hal Kemp (1904-1940, due to a car accident) was a jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. Art Jarrett took on leadership of Kemp's orchestra in 1941. He also formed a smaller seven-man combo which featured future stars John Scott Trotter, Saxie Dowell, and Skinnay Ennis. In 1927 Kemp turned leadership of the Carolina Club Orchestra over to fellow UNC student Kay Kyser and formed a professional jazz orchestra of his own based in New York City, which included Trotter, Dowell, and Ennis and trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Jack Purvis. The sound was "sweet", using muted trumpets and full clarinet tones. One of the main reasons for the band's success was arranger John Scott Trotter. None of the trumpeters could sustain notes and play legitimate tones, so Trotter muted the trumpets and introduced staccato triplets into the charts. This gave the band a unique sound. This lovely record was made in 1929.